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News Carlex Design Restomoded a Jaguar XJ-C

Carlex Design Restomoded a Jaguar XJ-C

A 70s Jaguar coupe was restomoded in Poland

  • Carlex Design is a Polish tuning company

  • The Jaguar XJ-C was a rare coupe version of the XJ sedan

  • This project kept the shell of the car, but not much else

Restomodding is the process by which an old car is restored but not to its factory specification, since it receives many modern upgrades, usually destined to increase performance, style and useability.

Carlex Design is a tuning company based in Poland that modifies vehicles and makes restomods.

Their latest project was a Jaguar XJ-C, a rare coupe that was offered between 1975 and 1978. This model was based on the XJ sedan and it could be equipped with either an inline six-cylinder or a V12 engine. Only 10,426 units were made, thus making it a very rare vehicle.

Carlex Design Jaguar XJ-C | Photo: Carlex Design
Carlex Design Jaguar XJ-C | Photo: Carlex Design

The car that was modified by Carlex Design doesn’t keep much of its Jaguar heritage, since only the shell was kept.

The original body was repainted in a dark green colour and most of the chrome was eliminated. The bumpers are also much smaller than before and the grille adopts vertical stripes instead of the traditional egg-crate motif. The headlights were replaced with LED units that resemble those used on some Bentley models.

Carlex Design Jaguar XJ-C | Photo: Carlex Design
Carlex Design Jaguar XJ-C | Photo: Carlex Design

At the rear, the bumpers are also very small and the taillamps have been tinted black. A modern looking four-tip exhaust system is clearly visible from behind.

The wheels are massive pieces with a deep-dish design and a colour matching paint.

On the inside, nothing is left of the original car. The seats are modern looking buckets that seem to wrap around the occupants and the dashboard features two large metal circles that presumably contain screens for the instrument cluster. The fascia is adorned with wood veneers, the only similarity with the original design. All of the other surfaces are covered in brown or green leather.

Carlex Design Jaguar XJ-C | Photo: Carlex Design
Carlex Design Jaguar XJ-C | Photo: Carlex Design

The powertrain is also completely new, and while the company didn’t reveal too much on that front, we know the car is powered by a V8 engine that produces 400 horsepower.

Carlex Design Jaguar XJ-C | Photo: Carlex Design
Carlex Design Jaguar XJ-C | Photo: Carlex Design

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