by Mike –
When I was reading through the October 1966 issue of Road & Track recently I saw this photo below and immediately recognized the car as one that I saw at the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills in June 2012.
Raymond Loewy (1893 – 1986) was a French born industrial designer who worked on a wide range of projects, which included: company logos, railroad cars, Coke vending machines, the US Air Force One livery and automobiles.
He was involved with Studebaker car designs dating back to 1936, including the Avanti in the early 1960s.
At Studebaker he worked with Virgil M. Exner who went on the lead the Chrysler styling team.
Shown here is a one off custom design by Loewy where he started with a 1966 Jaguar XKE and made a few modifications.
You can see the modifications Loewy made in the photos below.
The changes Loewy made to the front of the XKE are: the nose was shortened by 10 inches, the grille was enlarged by five times and an air scoop was built into the hood.
The changes Loewy made to the rear of the XKE are: the rear of the body was shortened so that the car is 15 inches shorter than the original, the side windows are larger and shaped differently, the rear window is about 25% larger, the wheel wells have been enlarged, a racing style gas filler cap was added, and round taillights from a Corvair have replaced the originals.
If I did not know that this car was a customized Jaguar XKE I would like this design but knowing that this is a customized XKE I will always compare it to the original XKE and wonder why Loewy felt the need to redesign perfection.
Let us know what you think in the comments – do you like this customized XKE?
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