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 Jaguar’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 aluminium bodied Lightweight E-types 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 and each car will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears – including the 3.8-litre straight-six engine.
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.
As the ultimate development of the sleek Series 1 Jaguar E-types, the 12 lightweights produced between 1963 and 1964 are very rare and desirable. Jaguar applied all their racing know how to make them 250 lbs lighter and race-prepped them with a dry-sumped 3.8-liter XK six with fuel injection. To get around the FIA homologation requirements of 100 cars, Jaguar claimed they were standard production roadsters with “modified” bodywork. However as we now know, in reality, they were low-drag, all-alloy hand built bodies.