Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Jaguar RQ1

The RQ1 is a Jaguar like no other; a one-off built by an Australian pilot because, well, he just felt like it. The project took ten years to complete, between 1964-74; the lengthy timescale was largely down to the fact that the builder, Robert Quelch, insisted on making everything himself - even the wheels and steering wheel were cast in his workshop. 700 hours were poured just into making the gullwing doors work...
It was powered by an XK DOHC six-pot, while the roofline was just forty inches off the ground. Every inch the Le Mans prowler then, but designed for roaming the outback and growling at dingoes. Possibly.
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