To build the 'missing' six Lightweight E-type
Jaguar is set to build six examples of the original Lightweight E-Type from 1963. The new cars comprise the 'missing’ six vehicles from Jaguar’s Lightwieght E-type project that started in February 1963.
The automaker says only 12 Lightweight E-types were built and the remaining six designated chassis numbers remain dormant, until now. The completion of the project of building the ‘Special GT E-type Cars' will bring the total to 18.
The new cars will be hand-built by Jaguar’s craftsmen. Each car will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears including the 3.8-liter straight-six engine.
The vehicle has approximately 114 kg less weight than a standard E-type due 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.
Jaguar expects a high demand for the six Lightweight E-types. The automaker says established Jaguar collectors, especially those interested in historic race cars be prioritized amongst potential customers.