Between 1963 and 1964, just 12 examples of the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type were produced. However, the British marque had originally planned for 18 cars to be produced. Well, fifty years later, Jaguar has confirmed that those remaining six Lightweight E-Types will finally be produced by the firm’s heritage arm.
Designed to exactly replicate the original Jaguar Lightweight E-Type’s, these new ones will feature the same specifications such as the aluminium block 3.8-litre straight six engine of the original as well as its lightweight aluminium body. Originally, this engine delivered 300 hp, compared to the 265 hp of the ‘standard’ E-Type and was mated to a ZF f speed manual transmission. The original Lightweight E-Types made numerous appearances at Le Mans but with little success.
All up, the new Jaguar Lightweight E-Types will weigh 114 kg less than the original E-Type, just like the 1960’s Lightweight E-Type. Customers will be able to choose the exterior colour as well as some trim options.
When discussing the project, Director of the Heritage Business Derek Weale said, “The E-type is an iconic car, and the Lightweight E-type is the most desirable model of all. To be able to complete the intended production run of 18, some 50 years after the last Lightweight was completed, is an opportunity we couldn’t miss”.