So today, Jaguar announced the plan to finally build the six remaining ‘lost’ Lightweight E Type Jaguars. Twelve cars were built from a scheduled run of eighteen cars. The final six chassis numbers have remained unused since 1963 so for a breif moment in time, there’s a brand new Jaguar Lightweight E Type for sale
Unlike many special production cars like this, the Lightweights will actually be built in-house at Jaguar and not commissioned to a third party specialist. All six will be perfect reproductions of the original 12 cars with the first car being unveiled in mid-June. 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.
Back in 1963, the Lightweight carried approximately 114kg (250lb) 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.
With just six cars to be built, Jaguar can chose who will be offered the chance to own one. It’s good to hear that eEstablished Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race car interests, will be prioritised amongst those potential customers who express interest.
These six new-borns deserve to be educated about their family history by being driven hard across the iconic venues that the original cars were used for. Let’s hope that we see them breaking ground soon and not being used as investment chips on a portfolio, but collecting bugs, brake dust and flies across Europe.
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