The idea of electrifying classic cars is not a super new one, but it's one that has remained appealing to some and controversial to many. Appeal of classic cars is many, but lack of reliability, high operating costs and dirty driving lanes are usually not among them. Many classic electrical conversions that have been made to this point have been homebrew jobs and are missing some Polish, but Jaguar thinks it has a solution to it: Jaguar Classic E-Type Zero.
If this calls any bells, that's because Jaguar debuted a concept E-Type Zero last year at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, but now it has decided that there is sufficient interest in selling production versions of that car to the public. What is interesting is that Jaguar is unique among the manufacturers in being equipped to build this car and build it properly. We explain.
Jaguar Classic already has a great range of continuation models of classic cars under belt, D-Type, XKSS and of course Lightweight E-Type. It also knows how to restore classic cars in a way that is both better than originally possible during the period, and still shows 1
E-Type Zero conversion is done internally at the Jaguar Classic Works facility, and in an interest to preserve the value of one of its most beloved models, it will be fully reversible. Prospective buyers can buy a finished car or submit their personal E-Type for restoration and conversion.
Jaguar Classic is geared toward a range of 170 miles for the converted cars, which is not bad. The battery takes place of the massive six-cylinder engine underneath the hood and the engine lives where the gearbox used to. Much of the conversion is done with I-Pace parts, so the component is tailored to Jaguar and built to work in a production vehicle.
Jaguar also claims that E-Type Zero will accelerate faster than Series 1 E- Write and that the electrical conversion maintains the same weight balance and handling characteristics as the original car. All that is missing is the roar of big engine and the big oil point it would go on the garage floor.
Jaguar E-Type Zero is making its American debut now, but finished cars are expected to begin to be delivered to keen owners in the summer of 2020. Jaguar has held Mom on pricing, but if anything else that we have seen from Jaguar Classic , do not expect it to be cheap.