The Jaguar E-Type Series 1 is beautifully reinterpreted by Helm Motorcars
According to legend, Enzo Ferrari named the original Jaguar E-Type The most beautiful car ever made, but UK based Helm Motorcars believes it can improve on the iconic design. The company showed the first of a limited edition of 20 converted Series 1 E-Types on Wednesday, each of which is receiving modern technology and obsessive attention to detail.
Helm starts with an original monocoque, which, according to a press release from the company, is reinforced with steel while retaining at least 30% of the original material. A new hood and doors are handcrafted from aluminum. According to Helm, a total of up to 3,800 man hours go into each car.
The E-Type helmet is powered by an overhauled version of the 3.8-liter Inline-6 used in the standard E-Type. The engine has an output of 300 hp and drives the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. Helm didn’t release performance data, but with an expected curb weight of 2,645 pounds, the Inline-6 should make this reborn classic pretty quick.
Jaguar E-Type helmet
Helm also offers some modern features, including speed-sensitive power steering with electric assistance, adjustable dampers, improved brakes with 6-piston front calipers, a heated windshield and soft-closing doors. The body also receives additional heat and sound insulation.
The interior is being upgraded by the automobile designer Bill Amberg. It is equipped with an extended leather interior, with the cowhide even covering some toggle switches on the dashboard. LED interior lighting, Bluetooth and a modern air conditioning system bring the cockpit into the 21st century. Each car also comes with a matching weekend bag and briefcase as well as billet copper keys on leather-bound key rings.
Helm isn’t the only company reinterpreting the E-Type. Eagle has been doing this for over a decade with its Speedster, Low Drag GT, Spyder GT and Light Variants. Jaguar itself also took part in the campaign, Reconstruction of two early E types to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the model, build Continuation versions of the original lightweight E-Type racing car and even starting one electric version.
Helm sells its Series 1 Jaguar E-Type for around $ 576,000 based on current exchange rates. Those who want to buy more or learn more about the car can visit this Company website here.