Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations has revealed the “new” Lightweight E-type ahead of its debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Last May 2014, the British company announced that they would recreate six Lightweight E-type vehicles. Jaguar says each of the six vehicles will be built according to the specification of the Lightweight E-type produced in 1964 and will be hand-crafted at the Jaguar's Browns Lane plant in Coventry, England.
Essentially, the new Lightweight E-types are the 'missing' six vehicles from the 'Special GT E-type' project that originally started in February 1963 with the goal of producing 18 cars. However, only 12 Lightweight E-types were built and the remaining six have remain dormant.
Jaguar's craftsmen and engineers built a prototype of the Lightweight E-type called “Car Zero” which will not be sold and it does not count among the six cars planned for production. It features an aluminum bodyshell, doors, trunklid, hardtop, bonnet and removable roof. Moreover, it also has Connolly leather seats, wood-rimmed steering wheel, aluminum gear knob and machined switchgear.
The Jaguar Lightweight E-type is powered by an aluminum 3.8-liter engine that delivers 344 PS with 380 Nm of torque. It is mated to a four-speed close-ratio manual transmission.