Blasphemy Or Masterpiece? Chip Foose’s Jaguar E-Type Roadster Restomod

Famed American fabricator and designer Chip Foose got his hands on one of the most iconic British cars ever, the Jaguar E-Type, and after many months of preparations, he turned it into a custom restomod.

Built for one of his clients, it’s now on display at the 2019 SEMA Show, where it screams for attention with a unique look that sparks mixed feelings. This is one of those ‘love it or hate it’ cars, but if you must know, as far as its design is concerned, the consensus here at CarScoops is that it looks mighty fine, and the only thing we’d change would be those ’58-style Corvette teardrop tail-lamps, only because they give the rear a more American than British feel.

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The Jag started life as a 1974 Series 3. The reason for choosing it over the more desirable Series 1 is simple: money, as the latter is one expensive piece of automotive jewel.

Shortly after it arrived at the tuner, it was disassembled and work started on the numerous mods. From the suspension to the lights, fenders, hood, bumpers, grille and even the rear license plate holder, everything was either modified or made from scratch. It no longer has a roof, the windscreen was angled back and one-off 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels were added. Finally, the body was finished in a custom color called ‘Palm Copper’, which is contrasted by the chromed elements.

The retro theme continues on the inside, where this E-Type has a custom-fabricated dashboard, wrapped in dark green leather, and brown leather used almost everywhere else. The wooden steering wheel, new dials and unique carpeting round up the visuals.

When it was made 45 years ago, the Jag had a 240 hp, 5.3-liter V12. Foose, however, decided to swap it with a Chevy LS3 V8 that develops 525 horsepower. To give it a hot-rod-ish feel, the tuner turned to MagnaFlow for a one-off exhaust system, with four tailpipes.

H/T to Mark!


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Posted by The Official Chip Foose on Wednesday, November 6, 2019


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  • TB

    He did an amazing job as always. If you watch the video he explains why he went with this particular year and model. Another Masterpiece from Chip Foose Designs.

  • TheBelltower

    Gorgeous. Though I might have gone with smaller rims with more sidewall rubber.

  • Six_Tymes


  • alexxx

    Stunning…just stunning.
    So simple yet elegant.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Beautiful workmanship but not a fan of those wheels or lamps.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      This. The wheels and lamps are appalling. The effort is commendable but it’s like having led light up buttons on a Saville Row suit and then wearing it with Jordans.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        Yeh the thing about the E Type is it’s a classic Beauty. By all means update the engine, suspension, tech etc, but the design should be left as is.

  • Blackjack

    Really hate those wheels but the design is amazing. Too bad about the LS3, should have used a modern jaguar powerplant.

  • Six Thousand Times

    By the time the MkIII happened, the E-Type wasn’t the beauty it once was. I like what Foose has done here. He’s really brought the beautiful shape back and knocked the ugly MkIII addenda off. Those taillights are inspired. I kinda wish he’d have either kept the V12 or put a modern Jag V8 into it but I get the hot rod tradition of stuffing a small block Chevy into a Jaguar.

  • MarkoS

    Its a Foose.


  • Bash

    Its a masterpiece except for those wheels.

    • exeptor

      Exactly my thoughts! Wheels looks cheap and too big (I guess it has to be this way to accommodate the much higher power and torque … but still). Apart from that the car is stunning.

    • Wandering_Spirit

      I agree.

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      Yup. I don’t dislike the wheel design itself but they are too big. The car is so petite that the wheels look much bigger than the 19″ and 20″ that they are. The rear 20″s also look strange due to the fact that the brake discs and calipers are inboard.

  • Dennis James


  • Nick G

    Better than making it battery powered. That’s the absolute worst.

  • Luc Helterbrand

    What’s the jacket hiding?
    Honestly, I am sure its glorious, but it lacks the elegance of the original design. its like a boy racer jaguar…or a renovated house…stripped of its charm and is now just “modern”


  • Bob V

    An LS3? Couldn’t find a shop to rework the V-12 say with turbos? The car looks fine though, stuffing an LS3 in it just seems wrong. If the client is please, so it be…

    • Andrewthecarguy

      LS3 because I want to drive the car and hard, versus worry about upkeep of the V12

      • Bob

        The look of the car does sort of lend itself well to a V8. I wouldn’t be quick to turn down a burbling Jag E Type myself.

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      Ehh, I’m sure they could have gotten plenty of performance from the V12 but according to the video, Foose went with the LS3 (& new tranny) because they were 600 lbs lighter. It makes complete sense as that V12 would have required a ton of work to retrofit but it would have been worth it. Maybe


    Really great edit to a lovely car. I’d call it a Leopard instead of a Jaguar. Haha!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I concur…great ‘edit :)’

  • Sharpel007

    Considering its an S3 its looks way better, but it needs like charcoal d type steels…

  • Zed68

    The wheels are tacky, terrible, awful.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Do not seems SEMA´s car

  • Mike Sinyaboot ©
  • Crash Bandicoot

    Looks great outside of the wheels.

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