5/15/2014 - Jaguar to Build Continuation Series Lightweight E-Types
Mahwah, NJ -- Jaguar is to build six perfect reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-Type that was created in 1963. The new cars are the "missing" six vehicles from the brand's Lightweight E-Type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 "Special GT E-Type Cars."
Only 12 of the aluminum-bodied Lightweight E-Type vehicles were eventually built, the last in 1964, the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now. 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-liter inline-6 engine, Lucas fuel injection and a ZF 5-speed gearbox.
The Lightweight carried approximately 114kg (250 lb.) less weight than a standard E-Type, thanks to its all-aluminum 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. Established Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race car interests, will be given priority among those potential customers who express interest. Jaguar did not reveal any pricing for the cars, but expect it to be somewhere less than the $2.25 million at which the originals are currently valued.