One of the highlights of this year’s Polar Bear Cruise, was stopping by Foreign Car Rebuilders, in Palatine, Illinois. Owner, Milo Iglesias, threw open his doors and let all the rodders and enthusiasts come in, for a time of reuniting with old, and new, friends.
With all the cool machines parked out front, it would have been easy to not have a chance to explore the vehicles inside the shop, making it to the far back corner where a pristine, in-progress 1967 Jaguar XKE 2+2 sat.
He informed us the car has been in the same family since it was purchased new in England in 1967. This most recent overhaul commenced in 2010 with the owners seeking a ‘rally look’ from the 2+2; resulting in ditching the bumpers and any other unnecessary weight.
Power comes by way of a 4.2 OHC inline six-cylinder, mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Stopping responsibilities fall on upgraded Wilwood racing brakes, armed with vented rotors and stainless steel braided hosing. All of this is hidden behind Dunlop wheels at all four corners. For increased performance, heavy duty torsion bars were installed, along with bigger valves and upgraded compression for the engine.
The car was rolled next door to Incuado’s Auto Body for a glossy coat of British Racing Green paint to be applied. You’ll find sumptuous tan leather upholstery in the right-hand drive cabin.
More assembly is required by Milo’s team but we’re told this purring feline is expected to be completed and on the road by June. We can’t wait to see the finished product.