Classic Jaguar, do you modify or keep stock?
It’s a question that everyone will face at one point or another; do I consider modifying or upgrading my car? You are eventually going to have old OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or factory parts break or wear out, then you have to decide if you will replace those worn out parts with upgraded stuff. Almost every car manufacturer is now making upgraded parts that will allow your car to perform and drive better. Resto-mod is a term used to describe a cross between restoration and modifying, most of the time the car looks close to stock but has lots of performance upgrades underneath.
I know that there are a group of purists who would never even remotely consider upgrading or changing anything from the originality of a Jaguar and its iconic tradition. If the car is rare or limited edition, then the debate is closed for any type of mods or upgrades, but what if it’s just a run of the mill classic Jaguar?
The possibility to take your Jaguar to the next level with a whole host of modifications and performance upgrades has to be tempting. The build can range from mild to wild and you can choose from appearance, handling, and performance. But if you decide to go for it chances are you will want to go all in and do some of each of the list of goodies.
If money is no object and you don’t care about the originality of your Jaguar, then let the mods begin! But as with most car projects, choose a good shop with a well established reputation and also try to see some recent projects they have completed. Restoration of your prized Jaguar can be a scary undertaking but well worth the effort if the shop you select shares your vision.
One other trend worth mentioning is the enthusiasts that are willing to take their new Jaguar to a shop and begin performance upgrades immediately. Those performance upgrades may include supercharger pulley changes, dyno tunes, and intake/exhaust upgrades. Some of these quick mods can gain the driver as much as 30-100 horsepower and almost as much torque - you just have to ask yourself how far you want to take it. If you want to take it to the stratosphere, see the Hennessey article below and find out how to achieve over 600 Horsepower from your F-Type R Coupe!