Jaguar Special Operations has unveiled its new Lightweight E-Type, and has announced that six will be built and sold. Each of the six cars will be built to a specification originated from the last Lightweight E-Type produced in 1964 and will be handcrafted at the original home of the E-Type, Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant in Coventry, England. The new cars are the “missing” six vehicles from the Special GT E-Type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 cars. Only 12 of the aluminum-bodied Lightweight E-Types were eventually built and the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now. The six new cars will carry those original, historic Lightweight E-Type chassis numbers.
In recreating the Lightweight, Jaguar has drawn on its unique engineering and design resources, including the company’s world-leading aluminum body technology. The specification includes an aluminum bodyshell with doors, trunk lid, hardtop and bonnet also in aluminum, and is assembled to exacting standards. The six-cylinder XK engine mirrors the original power units, with an aluminum block, “wide angle” aluminum cylinder head and dry sump lubrication. The cars will be sold as period competition vehicles and all will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes.
A prototype Lightweight, dubbed “Car Zero,” has been completed and, on August 14, will be revealed at the opening reception to the Pebble Beach Automotive weekend – the world’s most prestigious classic car event.