JAGUAR IS SET to build the six “missing” 1960’s E-Type Lightweights.
Built in 1963, the Lightweight E-Type was homologated for competition and featured an aluminium monocoque, body panels and engine block, saving 114kg over the standard car.
The intended run of 18 cars was halted after only 12 cars were built, leaving six designated chassis numbers unused. It is these six cars that Jaguar will now build as “perfect reproductions…to the exact specifications” of the 1963 cars, right down to the 3.8-litre straight-six engine.
Tantalisingly Jaguar calls this their “first ever ‘re-creation’ project”, possibly hinting at more down the road, with the first car being publicly unveiled later in the summer.
No price details have been released as yet but original cars, driven by the likes of Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill in competition, are known to sell for over £5million at auction.