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In A Class Of Its Own: The V12 E-Type Roadster Jaguar Never Built

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
June 13, 2017
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Photography by Chris Gonzalez

The Jaguar E-Type is synonymous with the best of British design, both aesthetically and and from the standpoint of pure mechanical engineering. The lithe swoops of the car’s exterior draw the eyes of just about everyone—whether they pronounce Jaguar as “Jag Wire” or even know what the brand is to begin with—and then those that know will take a closer look to see if it’s one of the coveted V12-equipped models. Surely all E-Types are unique relative to the herds of cars you may spot them amongst in this day and age, but the Moukoian’s is even further differentiated. This one’s got some genetic modification in its DNA.

Nicko and his father have been building cars for decades (aside from working an assortment of European sports cars hailing from the factories of Mercedes to Aston Martin, his father has also ran a Porsche RSR in competition at endurance racing’s grandest stage, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which goes to show some of his aptitude in the garage), and this is their personal rolling representation of what happens when imagination bolsters an already special vehicle.

This Roadster is in fact two Jags that’ve come together to form a car that was never produced by the manufacturer, yet is still completely in the essence of what the company could have come up with. What began as a pair of E-Types about as far apart from each other as possible within the range—a 1969 Roadster with an inline-six, and a 1973 2+2 with the V12—have been melded together to form this resto-modded machine that doesn’t exactly have the utmost of British reservation. It’s hard to be proper and polite when you’re packing a bored out 5.7-liter V12 under your clamshell hood.

In order to see the plan through and avoid the sad fate of so many half-done, half-baked ideas, the work involved was, well, involved. To produce this short-wheelbase V12 Roadster, the monocoque of the ’69 car was mated to the front end of the 2+2, and the drivetrain was further modified with the aforementioned bump in capacity (from 5.3 to 5.7, no small chunk of volume), and the resulting mill was then fitted to a Richmond six-speed with shorter ratios than the stock ‘box. Helping to translate this new grunt into grip, the chassis has been reinforced with stronger mounts from motor to tranny to diff to the Jag’s complex suspension mounting points, and of course the suspension itself has received a similar level of fettering to make this E-Type an all-around hot-rod, not just a bumped-up motor.

Nicko’s father has owned the car for over two decades at this point, and it was often the source of father-son garage bonding; the medium through which knowledge and enthusiasm are passed down between generations. This conduit can take the shape of a just about anything with an engine and wheels, but we have to say, learning the trade on a souped-up icon of sports and touring cars certainly beats changing the oil on an old pickup truck.

With the car now finished—anyone who’s embarked on work like this knows that nothing’s every truly “done”—the enjoyment comes not from within the garage, but from the winding canyon roads that surround Los Angeles. This cat is more than capable of keeping up with the modern machines that ascend those racetrack-like ribbons each weekend; and did we mention that Nicko’s father has a decade’s-worth of experience racing Porsches back in the ‘80s? If you think this is a cute little English runabout for the shops, you’ve got a surprise coming, and coming fast.

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Jim Gianatsis
Jim Gianatsis

OK, but…
Which bears the question, what happened to the ugly 2+2 body and the in-line six?
And the ideal car for me would have been the V12 engine in a early 2 seater Coupe, the car Jaguar never made and really should have. Putting the more powerful V12 only in the bulbous tall roof and windshield 2+2 touring coupe was a sin.

Tristram
Tristram

Nicely done and nice to see an E Type that’s not like all the rest. Now if only it had the series one switches….

Tristram
Tristram

Beautifully done and nice to see an E Type that’s different….now if only it had the switches from the series one……

Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer

When the 12 cyl. roadster was current my best friend was a wrench at Charles Hornburg, the Jag dealer in Hollywood. He came by Hollywood Honda where I was working driving a silver V12 roadster. I jumped in and we headed to Mulholland Dr. and flogged that thing from Laurel to Coldwater and back a couple of times. A life changing afternoon treat.

Mihir Juvvadi
Mihir Juvvadi

For someone who obsesses over the little details on these Jags, I so very much appreciate what they’ve done. They got the right size chassis, with the right brunt underneath, but the headlamps from the early car and the taillights from the late car. My favorites across the range. Brilliant work

Todd
Todd

Could you show a picture from the side so we can see how short wheelbase is?

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Goram it that thing is stunning … and one hell of a fine example of an XKE resto-mod .. maintaining an exterior of British reserve with a wildcat under the hood/bonnet ready to rip your unsuspecting head off ! Hell .. what am I saying .. this kitty’s a fine example of what the pinnacle of resto-modding should be

One minor correction .. though Jaguar never built a V12 roadster like this magnificent cat … they did have an XKE V12 roadster on offer