Jay Leno loves a good Jaguar XK, and there plenty scattered around his glorious garage. When it comes to restoring these historic machines and keeping them in top condition, Jay turns to Jason Len, one of the most respected XK restorers in the world. But this video isn’t about one of Jay’s cars, rather its about a car that belongs to Jason Len. See, when you spend your life working on restoring the same cars to the same factory condition over and over, you get a little tired of the monotony. To break up this never-ending stream of cars, Jason decided to create a one-off custom XK that is unlike any other on the road.
What started life as a 1951 Jaguar XK 120 has been converted into a custom speedster with a modified engine from an E-Type, custom bodywork and killer side-exit exhaust outlets molded into the front fender. Underneath is a custom tube-frame and a modern manual transmission, and the engine is fed from a race-spec fuel cell in the back. Most of the video is dedicated to a close in-shop look at the car and all of the modifications, but toward the end Jay finally takes it for a spin and it is glorious. The sound quality is a bit rough thanks to the wind noise, but hearing that straight-six engine bellow and howl as Jay drives around is the best. This is a rolling piece of modern art with a classic twist and a great noise. Press play and enjoy this great one-of-a-kind machine.