Get the best of old and new with these electrified restomods

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A restomod is what you get when you combine the words “restoration” and “modification”. They are usually classic cars equipped with modern parts and technologies. They retain the original look and style of the car while providing better performance, comfort, convenience, safety and reliability.

A new generation of restomods has emerged in recent years: classic cars with modern electric powertrains. It may sound blasphemous, but you need to check the craftsmanship and performance to get out of these projects.

Lunaz 1953 Jaguar XK120

The Jaguar XK120 was produced from 1948 to 1954. This British roadster was the fastest production car in the world at the time. The “120” designation represents its top speed of 120 MPH, although record runs have produced even higher numbers.

Lunaz was founded in 2018 to “carry forward the legacy of the world’s finest cars”. Among the company’s early projects was a 1953 Jaguar XK120. You’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between a stock XK120 and Lunaz’s electrified one, but that’s the whole point.

Lunaz uses its internal powertrains, and the XK120 gets dual electric motors that send 375 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. That’s more than double the power of the original Jag. The 80 kWh battery should be good for a range of 250 miles.

It’s not just about electrification. The Lunaz XK120 is equipped with modern tires and suspension, power steering, fly-by-wire throttle and regenerative brakes. Comfort and convenience are added via modern air conditioning, cruise control, a Wi-Fi hotspot and an infotainment screen with satellite navigation. Safety features include traction control and anti-lock brakes.

These cars are built to order and prices start at around $430,000 including the donor vehicle. The waiting list already stretches until 2024. Retired football star David Beckham is an investor in Lunaz and he recently gave his son an electric 1954 Jaguar XK140 as a wedding present!

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1967 Ford Mustang Cargo Cars

The first generation Ford Mustang was redesigned for the 1967 model year. The new car was larger, safer and more luxurious than the original. A big-block V8 was optional for the first time.

This next EV is technically not a restomod because it is not based on an original car. Charge Cars uses officially licensed Ford bodies for their designs, and this one is based on the 1967 Mustang Fastback.

Four electric motors replaced the big V8 – one for each wheel. Combined peak power is 536 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque, propelling this electrified pony car from zero to 60 MPH in 3.9 seconds. The 62 kWh battery is good for a range of 200 miles. The powertrain comes from the company EV Arrival.

On the safety side, this Mustang EV features ABS traction control, traction control, electronic stability control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. Affluent buyers who buy one will appreciate the cruise control, keyless access and digital interfaces.

Only 499 copies will be produced, starting at around $450,000.

The 2000 remake “Gone in 60 Seconds” featured a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 named Eleanor. This led to Charge Cars’ electric vehicle being dubbed “Eleanor Electric”.

Land Rover Defender 110 DCE

The Land Rover Defender was launched in 1983 with the 110 series, which refers to the 110 inch wheelbase. Although the Land Rover brand is only five years old, the off-road heritage of these trucks dates back to 1948.

ECD automotive design

ECD automotive design

While we wouldn’t be surprised to see an official all-electric Land Rover soon, one company is getting a head start. ECD Automotive Design offers an electrified Defender 110 based on the original chassis which has been completely rebuilt.

Rather than designing an electric motor itself, ECD borrowed one from the Tesla Model S P100D. Two Tesla batteries totaling 100 kWh power the 612-horsepower electric motor connected to the stock four-wheel-drive system. This truck will go from zero to 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds with a range of around 200 miles.

Although a Tesla motor powers it, this truck lacks the luxury features you would get in those EVs. You get an electric display and a tachometer that cranks up to 12,000 rpm, but other than that there’s not much to distinguish this interior from that of a stock Defender.

Prices start at around $230,000 including the donor vehicle. Each truck is custom built to customer specifications. No two will be the same.

Zero Labs Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco made its return in 2021, after a 25-year hiatus. According to Ford, the first generation Bronco was produced from 1965 to 1977, which was the first vehicle to be labeled as an SUV.

Zero Automotive Labs

Zero Automotive Labs

Zero Labs offers an electrified version of the original Bronco, using meticulously restored vehicles. There are many options available: Do you want the factory steel body or a carbon fiber wrap? Soft top, hard top or no roof at all? Racing shocks or air suspension?

You can get a single electric motor that powers the rear wheels or opt for dual motors that deliver 600 horsepower to all four wheels. Opt for the 100kWh battery and you’ll get a range of 235 miles.

Standard features include push ignition, power windows, regenerative braking, digital display and Bluetooth. Prices start at $225,000, including the donor vehicle.

AC Cobra Series 1 Electric

In 1961, racing driver and car designer Carroll Shelby contacted AC Cars and asked to send one of his cars, minus an engine. Shelby fitted it with a Ford V8, and the Shelby Cobra was born the following year. It dominated the circuit and won the title of fastest production car in the world.

AC Cars has revived the Cobra on and off over the years, and its latest offering is based on the 1962 model but uses no stock parts. The steering, brakes and chassis of the electric AC Cobra Series 1 have been designed to accommodate an electric motor.

This electric motor produces 310 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, propelling this new Cobra from zero to 60 MPH in 6.5 seconds. The 54kWh battery is good for a range of 150 miles.

Only 58 examples of the electric Cobra Series 1 have been built to celebrate 58 years since the first production Cobra. They sold for around $170,000.

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