Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe ‘OWL226’ Revealed At The Quail

OWL226 - Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe
OWL226 - Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe

Inspired by the legendary 1963 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe ’49FXN’, Marco Diez today unveiled his reimagined 1963 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during Monterey Car Week.

A production run that spanned 13 long years and spawned over 70,000 units, Jaguars iconic E-Type was hailed by many including the legendary Enzo Ferrari as ‘the most beautiful car in the world’.

Of the two lightweight Low Drag racers ever built, ‘49FXN‘ or chassis Number: S850663, went head-to-head with some of the greatest of all time including the magnificent Ferrari 250 GTO.

OWL226 - Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe
OWL226 – Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe

Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe – OWL226

This particular Low Drag, known as project ‘OWL226’ because of its California registration has been designed by Diez who painstakingly recreated the original body and drivetrain while refining the car’s fit, finish and interior.

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.

Marco Diez:
“Unveiling this car at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering was the culmination of nearly a decade’s work, owner and designer of ‘OWL226’.

“This Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe has been a passion project. I believe ‘49FXN’ is one of the 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 an outlandish 380 horsepower. The car also features a unique ram-air intake to feed air to the side draft Weber carburettors just like ’49FXN’.

The illustrious ’49FXN’. Image courtesy Fiskens.

Sparse and limited in comfort, the original race car has been improved on by Diez who sought to make ‘OWL226’ equally as beautiful and tasteful on the inside as it looks 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.

The car made its official debut today at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering which was held at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.