This is Only the Beginning: Jaguar Mark IX SEMA Project

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Take a deep breath, because the headline figures for this 1959 Jagaur Mark IX project car are going to blow you away. Without further ado, here we go: this 1959 Jag Mark IX is a SEMA project car, commissioned by Mark Stevens, being built by Street Scene Automotive Restoration Company (SARCO). It features a 650 horsepower supercharged 6.2L small block Chevy V8 engine, from a C6-generation Corvette ZR1, known as the LS9. With widened body panels, this Jag will be running an 18×10″ rear wheel to hopefully cope with the traction issues presented by the LS9. The whole rear half of the chassis was redesigned courtesy of the classic car chassis gurus at Art Morrison, and strengthened to cope with the widening of the body, the grip that will be produced by the tires and the torque from the engine.┬áIf this seems nuts, wait, there’s more: this particular Mark IX is being converted for wheelchair access, with an electric lift and related switch gear, so that the owner of the car can drive it.

Everything about the build in bonkers, and we love it. Check out the video below to see the start of this amazing project:


Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the Ohio State University in 2013, then pivoted from covering politics and policy to writing about his automotive adventures, something that, he says, is a lot more fun. Since that time, he has established connections with most of the world's major automakers, as well as other key brands in the automotive industry.

He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right, which is uncommon. You can check out what he's up to on his YouTube channel, as well as his Jake Stumph Racing Instagram account. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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