World's first stretched Jaguar E-Type takes a bow
A company from Shropshire is claiming to have built the world's first stretched Jaguar E-Type.
But before you imagine a horrendous limousine-style monstrosity, cast your eyes over the above image.
Can't spot the stretch? Well then, we reckon Classic Motor Cars would say it's got it right!
The company put this car together as a one-off after a commission from its owner, Paul Branstad.
Branstad told them he wanted the interior leg room of the longer E-Type Series III, but with the aesthetics of the prettier Series I car.
CMC got to work, adding four and a half inches to the wheelbase of an accident-damaged Series I while restoring it to its former glory.
The roof line was also raised by 1.25 inches, and the boot floor was lowered and reshaped in order to make room for a 20-gallon fuel tank.
Branstad also asked CMC to built a custom trailer that mimicked an E-Type rear end, which they did by melding the tails of two more damaged E-Types.
The immaculately-finished trailer is hitched to the stretched roadster by means of a tow hitch that, when not in use, can be hidden away behind the car's reverse light.
A plethora of CMC's E-Type upgrades have also been incorporated into the car, including 16-inch wire wheels with low-profile radial tyres, an air conditioning system, power steering, upgraded brakes, a five-speed gearbox, and numerous suspension and handling tweaks.
"The car is phenomenal to drive," says Nick Goldthorp, CMC's managing director. "This is the E-Type that Jaguar Cars should have built. The extra space makes all the difference and actually alters the whole attitude of the car."