Stew Jones customized this customer’s green 1972 E-type roadster, left, into a modernized (and absolutely terrifying) machine.
It feels as fast and loud as the 2017 F-type SVR, Jaguar’s most powerful road car to date.
Five immaculate E-type roadsters sit under tall window arches, the golden light glinting off water, steel and chrome.
Mechanic Sam Walker gently takes his arm, if for only a moment, as Jones leads us into his sun-drenched showroom, a former ice house perched on the lake’s edge.Jones directs me to a lonely stretch of Route 44, a favorite cruising road. His neighbors on Highland Lake know he hasn’t seen these roads in some 30 years, or the narrow path joining his brown home to a brick garage where he fixes a bunch of old British cars.But they don’t know Jones like his customers, and that he’s inarguably the country’s most esteemed restorer of vintage 12-cylinder Jaguars and celebrating his 40th year in business under Stew Jones Restoration.Walker and four other employees sometimes meddle with insane projects — like a 10-liter V-12 that Jones admits, with a cheeky smile, will hit 800 horsepower.Compare population statistics about Winsted, CT by race, age, gender, Latino/Hispanic origin etc.Two 1974 Jaguar E-type roadsters sit in the Winsted showroom overlooking Highland Lake.