Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe “OWL226” At Monterey…
In the “sign-me-up-for-several” category, Marco Diez, in collaboration with Fast Cars Ltd, unveiled his reimagined 1963 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe “OWL226” at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during Monterey Car Week this week. The original “49FXN” was built in 1964 at the direction of Dr. Samir Klat of Imperial College, London, and was celebrated for its then avant garde aerodynamics, lending high speed ability to an already great race car.
Eight years in the building, Diez was inspired by that legendary 1963 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe “49FXN.” This modern Low Drag, (known as project “OWL226” because of its California registration), is a painstaking recreated of the original body and drivetrain, though the car’s fit, finish and interior have all been given a dash of sophistication.
From the press release:
Built in collaboration with Fast Cars Ltd. and UK coachbuilders RS Panels, the car was created through an exacting eight-year process that strove to replicate the construction and appearance of the original “49FXN” as it would have looked when first designed. The build process was so meticulous that many of the screws were machined specifically for the project, while the interior was built far above and beyond the elegant standards of a Jaguar road car of the day.
“Unveiling this car at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering was the culmination of nearly a decade’s work,” said Marco Diez, owner and designer of “OWL226.” “This Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe has been a passion project. I believe ‘49FXN’ is the one of most beautiful automobiles ever made, so to take inspiration from that and make it my own is a dream come true.”
The Low Drag Coupe “OWL226” also features much of the same running gear as the original including a 3.8-litre straight-six competition engine – this one a modern example by Crosthwaite and Gardiner that produces 380 horsepower. The car also features a unique ram-air intake to feed air to the side draft Weber carburetors just like “49FXN.”
While the original was a stripped-down race car, Diez sought to make this car equally as beautiful and tasteful on the inside as it is on the outside. The interior is almost entirely custom-made due to the unique dimensions of the Low Drag when compared to other E-Types. From bespoke gauges, custom seats and a custom roll-bar with integrated headrests to the custom-machined steering wheel and one-off A/C system, the car is a wealth of fine details.
Additional appearances of the “OWL226” Low Drag Coupe will be announced soon.
With a background in architecture and product design, Marco Diez has curated a collection of refined and timeless automobiles, each with custom designs penned by Diez himself. While each car retains its original spirit and overall character, details have been changed in an effort to reinterpret and aesthetically enhance the cars. “OWL226” is just the first of many automobiles to come out of Diez Concepts.