It took eight years to replicate the rarest Jaguar E-Type of all time.

Jaguar may have had restored 10 Series 1 E-Types more than two years ago, but nothing beats the rarest of them all – the 1963 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe affectionately known as the 49FXN. The Jaguar racer is so rare, only one of the aerodynamically-improved E-Type rolled out of the factory. 

With that, it would be so great to see the legendary race car once more; if only someone could restore or replicate one.

Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe “OWL226” at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Well, say no more. Marco Diez of Diez Concepts finally unveiled its own take at the sleek Jaguar race car, which was teased earlier this month. The restomod E-Type debuted on the lawn of The Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

Just like the original, the Diez Concept's Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe replica has its own monicker, dubbed as the OWL226 because of its California registration. It was made with a goal to recreate the original body and drivetrain of the 49FXN while carrying a refined interior.

Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe “OWL226” at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Diez Concepts also sought the help of Fast Cars Ltd. and UK coachbuilders RS Panels in making this masterpiece. It was an eight-year meticulous process – so much so that most of the screws used were machined specifically for the project.

"Unveiling this car at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering was the culmination of nearly a decade’s work," said Marco Diez, 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."

Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe “OWL226” at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

The Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe OWL662 is powered by a 380-bhp 3.8-litre straight-six Crosthwaite and Gardiner engine, a modern-day example of what the original has before. It also has a unique ram-air intake that feeds air to the side draft Weber carburettors, also taken from the original 49FXN.

After its The Quail debut, the Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe OWL662 will have additional public appearances, which will be announced soon.

Live Photos: Beverly Braga

Gallery: Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe OWL226 at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering