Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Now *THIS* Is Something You Don't See Every Day...

Yankeefried sent this one in. Wow.


That's a Lynx Eventer, which is based on the Jaguar XJS. Yankeefried was kind enough to link this article, which explains a bit about the Lynx Eventer:
Unlike a great many other coachbuilt conversions, save for Crayford, the Lynx Eventer was actually affordable for those who could afford an XJS in the first place, and a respectable number were made, 67 in total. The result ended up looking very factory-built, making some wonder why Jaguar had skipped out on this very practical bodystyle. Given the long shelf life of the XJS there was plenty of time to do just about anything with this chassis, especially in the interest of increasing its practicality. The Eventers have enjoyed great survivability, and come up for auction with some frequency, though a great many examples frequently trade among Jaguar club members. 
Personally, I thought it was the car from "Harold & Maude"... (Yes, I know, that's an XKE Jag, not an XJS, but you get the idea). Coupe-wagons like the Eventer or the Chevy Nomad are the exception to the rule, and make the ordinary extraordinary. That's the great thing about cars and car design - all it takes is a little "outside the box" thinking to bring about something really unique.

What's also funny is how somethings never quite catch on, like the two-door wagons or, say, front-wheel drive pickup trucks like the Dodge Rampage or the VW pickup. Most often, it's because the vehicle is impractical - one buys a station wagon because of the utility of being able to carry lots of people and stuff; a coupe limits that ability. Ditto a pickup, whose main attribute is the open bed meant for hauling - which is severely limited by having the drive wheels up front...

In any case, this is certainly cool to look at...

That is all.




3 comments:

nguyenhm16 said...

That's almost the Platonic ideal of a shooting brake.

Old NFO said...

But you could put a STACK of shottys in the back...

Jim said...

Volvo P-1800 Sport Wagon was my favorite of the genre. Late '70s styling, and still looks timely, today.

Still, that's one stylin' Jag!


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX