Jaguar will build six perfect reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-type that was created in 1963. The E-Type stayed in production from 1961 to 1975 and during this time, over 72,000 were built.
The new cars are the ‘missing’ six vehicles from Jaguar’s Lightweight E-type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 ‘Special GT E-type Cars’. These cars were raced by motorsports legends such as Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill.
The new cars will be hand-built in-house by Jaguar’s finest craftsmen. Each car will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears – including the 3.8-litre straight-six engine. Only 12 of the aluminium bodied Lightweight E-types were eventually built, the last in 1964, the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now.
The Lightweight carried approximately 114kg less weight than a standard E-type, thanks to its all-aluminium body and engine block, a lack of interior trim and exterior chrome work and a host of further weight-saving features including lightweight, hand-operated side windows. Established Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race car interests, will be prioritised amongst those potential customers who express interest.