Xcar focuses on famed Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis

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In its latest video, Xcar interviews Jaguar's great test driver Norman Dewis. He tells some fantastic stories about the company from the '50s and '60s, including being at Le Mans in '55 and driving an XKE overnight from London to the Geneva Motor Show.

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Xcar focuses on famed Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Stunning Jaguar E-Type Lightweight tribute featured by Petrolicious

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Petrolicious: Le Mans Lightweight

This is a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type Coupe. Enzo Ferrari, Il Commendatore himself, called it "the most beautiful car ever made." It can count among its owners Steve McQueen, Brigitte Bardot and a number of other celebrities from the 1960s. It remains one of the prettiest and coolest cars ever.

While we don't normally prescribe to modifying classics like the E-Type, cars that are used for vintage racing, like this particular example, are certainly the exception. It's owned by Jason Len and is the subject of the latest video from the team at Petrolicious.

Len's 1964 E-Type has been fashioned to look like one of the rare Lightweight E-Types from 1963 and 1964. The aluminum-bodied E-Types, of which only a dozen were built, were all intended exclusively for racing, much like Len's heavily modified example. While it retains the 3.8-liter straight-six, its engine, transmission, suspension, brakes and body have been extensively tweaked and fettled to allow this classic Jag to compete with a field of V8s.

Hop below for the latest from Petrolicious, and feast your eyes on a seriously pretty car.

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Stunning Jaguar E-Type Lightweight tribute featured by Petrolicious originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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1964 Jaguar XKE slinks into Jay Leno’s Garage

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The idea of altering a classic Jaguar E-Type might seem preposterous to some, but Jasen Len of XKs Unlimited managed to create a modified 1964 E-Type that stays true to the Jag's timeless design. Just a few months after Jay Leno featured his own original E-Type on Jay Leno's Garage, Len stopped by to show off his custom Jaguar creation.

Starting out with a rust-ravaged body, Len made the car just the way he wanted it to be. He started off with some minor changes to the car's exterior like the Le Mans-inspired racing lights and handmade front bumpers, handmade sills with integrated exhaust and flared rear fenders. Inside, he dropped the floor to make more interior space and reworked the E-Type's styling for more of a modern look. We have to say, if you're going to mess with a Series 1 E-Type, this is the way to do it.

Sadly, even though Len and Leno spend plenty of time talking about the car's 300-horsepower 3.8-liter inline six-cylinder, we never get to hear the car fire up. Check out the JLG video, which is posted below, and as a bonus, enjoy the gallery from Jaguar showing a 1961 E-Type.

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1964 Jaguar XKE slinks into Jay Leno's Garage originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jay Leno’s Garage features funnyman’s 1963 Jaguar E-Type

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Jaguar XKE in Jay Leno's Garage

Jay Leno looks inward on this episode of his eponymous garage, checking out a 1963 Jaguar XKE that he bought earlier this year. It is an example of his favorite kind of car, that being original and unrestored. He bought the E-Type from its first owner, a woman who purchased it new, held on to it for 50 years and took excellent care of it. Having never been in an accident, Leno says even the paint is 85- to 90-percent original.

In the video, the XKE sits in front of two heavily modded XK120s and another '63 XKE, but Leno said all he's done - and all he plans to do - is clean it up and put on a modern set of wire wheels for safety.

He's not on any junket and there are no guests, it's just a guy talking about an object dear to his heart. If you need a refresher on the excellent genes of the new F-Type, check out the video below.

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Jay Leno's Garage features funnyman's 1963 Jaguar E-Type originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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