Jaguar aficionados and many petrolheads alike regard the Jag E-type as one of the finest motoring creations ever. The E-type Lightweight was even more highly worshipped as the model was supposed to be built in a limited run of only 18 cars, but only 12 ever saw the light of day. Jaguar is now rectifying this, and will build the last 6 E-type Lightweights, to be built to the original specification of 1963.
This is Jaguar’s 1st ever “re-creation” project, and will mean that not only are the 6 remaining cars built to original specification, all-aluminium and everything, but they will also receive the originally allocated chassis numbers from 51 years ago. The first of the 6 remaining cars will make its public debut around July, where more details regarding pricing etc. will be revealed.
The Jaguar E-type Lightweight was last built in 1964, and the remaining models will be hand-built in-house by Jaguar’s craftsmen. The Lightweight weighed approximately 114Kg less than the regular E-type thanks to its all-aluminium body and engine block. The Lightweight also forewent interior trim and exterior chrome work, even utilising hand-operated side windows.
The 6 Lightweight models will be built featuring the original aluminium-block, dry-sumped 3.8-litre straight-six XK engine, complete with fuel injection.