The Jaguar E-Type maybe one of Jaguar’s greatest sports cars, but Crosthwaite and Gardiner, the creators of the Kougar, saw room for improvement. Crosthwaite and Gardiner, who have been building and restoring race cars since the late 1950s, are experts in perfecting a car’s handling and performance. They conceived the idea for the Kougar in the ’70s, with the intent to design something that resembled the Frazer Nash Le Mans. While the Kougar was very successful, they sold off the rights to finance other activities. There were only around 320 original Kougars built and this is one of the 20 that came to the States.
This Kougar is powered by a wonderful 3.8 liter straight six that was built by Adam’s Racing. The 3.8 liter engine is an amazing piece of machinery. It is known for its free revving nature and incredible reliability, which made it a great engine for a race car. The engine is bolted to a four speed manual gearbox and sits in a tubular chassis. Crosthwaite and Gardiner wanted to build a balanced vehicle, so to keep the weight down they built the body out of fiberglass and shaved any fat off they could.
This car has been fully restored and looks as good as new. The Kougar was styled to be reminiscent of the roadsters of the 1950s and this is true of the interior as well. It’s extremely basic, yet highly functional and would be a comfortable place on the track or the street. It does however look very tight and could be difficult for taller individuals to climb in and out of.
This Kougar is amazing and we would love to own this beautiful Jaguar powered machine. It can be found here on eBay where it has a current bid of $2,325. Sadly the reserve hasn’t been met yet and we can only hope it is not set too high.