'Missing' six Lightweight E-types from the original production run to be completed and sold to customers

Jaguar is to build six ‘brand new’ Lightweight E-types, 50 years after an original 12 units were produced.

A total of 18 Lightweight E-types were set to be built between 1963 and 1964, but only 12 were ever made. Now Jaguar’s Heritage Business arm will finish the production run using chassis numbers assigned but unused in the 1960s.

Originally produced specifically for racing, the Lightweight E-types were designed to take the fight to rivals from Ferrari on the track. The cars had several appearances at Le Mans, but largely without success.

The six models will be built to the exact specifications of the 1960s originals, including the aluminium-block 3.8-litre straight six engine and the aluminium body.

Customers will be able to choose their own colour and trim specifications for the race-bred model, which is 114kg lighter than a standard E-type thanks to a lack of interior trim and exterior chrome detailing. 

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".

Pricing information will be revealed closer to the car's launch later this summer.

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13 May 2014
Well, thats 6 good reasons to start buying lottery tickets. Putting a price on them will be interesting too. I am sure they will sell however much they ask.

14 May 2014
brilliant...final 6 eventually will see life

14 May 2014
It will be competing with the Eagle E-type Low Drag Coupe and out of the 2, Jaguars & Eagles, I know which one I'd chose, (as I can see them being similar priced), and it would be Eagles.

14 May 2014
with great classics really in demand, it makes sense. I think Aston Martin made a '2nd series' of their Zagato bodied cars in the past and although they may not be as valuable as the original series cars, they still fetch very high prices.

14 May 2014
Fantastic news and a great business plan by Jaguar. The Lightweight E-type is one of the most evocative cars ever, while also being exceptionally advanced and powerful for its time, it produced 300bhp from only a 3.8 litre engine, while the car was primarily made from aluminium and other alloys, something a Porsche 911 and ferrai 458 for example are using now. Just goes to show how advances Jaguar's thinking and engineering was back then as it is now. The Lightweight E-type will be instant hit and a collectors item and I wouldn't be surprised to see the list price in excess of £100k and the car changing hands on the second hand market for at least double that. But when a car looks that good, features cutting edge technology and is legendary, it's worth it.

14 May 2014
How does this help break the perception that Jaguar is living in the past? The company should be looking forward, not dedicating resources to dwell on the past - especially as the production run of this car was cut short because it failed to achieve its objectives. Total madness.

14 May 2014
soldi wrote:
How does this help break the perception that Jaguar is living in the past? The company should be looking forward, not dedicating resources to dwell on the past - especially as the production run of this car was cut short because it failed to achieve its objectives. Total madness.
Are you mad, most car firms would love to have the opportunity and the history to be able to carry out a project like this, these will sell for far more than they cost to build and go on to be instant classics, its not about living in the past its about not forgetting your heritage, hence the reason firms like Aston Martin etc have very lucrative refurbishment, and restoration workshops to cater for owners of its past catalogue. Jaguar hasn’t released an estimated price for the batch of E-Types, but an original example with proven Le Mans pedigree will set you back in excess of £5million at auction, according to Bonhams.

14 May 2014
Citytiger wrote:
Are you mad, most car firms would love to have the opportunity and the history to be able to carry out a project like this
Really? Can you bring us up to speed on the similar projects being undertaken by Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, et al? The point is that Jag has limited resource. They should use it to create new stuff, not building failed race cars.

14 May 2014
soldi wrote:
Citytiger wrote:
Are you mad, most car firms would love to have the opportunity and the history to be able to carry out a project like this
Really? Can you bring us up to speed on the similar projects being undertaken by Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, et al? The point is that Jag has limited resource. They should use it to create new stuff, not building failed race cars.
Why the F should Jaguar imitate what the germans are doing. They are going about business their own way and are doing very well!! JLR are spending its resources very well, and have a strew of launches lined up. And exactly what major resources does this exercise take?! The design is already there, they have the man power so where does it really trouble JLR's resources?! If you like sucking on zerman sausages good for you, stop pretending everyone needs to do the same!!

14 May 2014
Whilst Jaguar is making an NOS E-Type the other firms having been making modern takes on their past vehicles for a while. Audi's R8 brings to mind its racers of the 1930s and they continuously tease with an update on the ur-quattro. BMW has been kicking around reviving something along the lines of the M1 for ages (and let's not forget their non-mini MINI). Mercedes SLS AMG plagiarizes the original 300 SL and Porsche has the 911. These modern vehicles offer anesthetized retro styling that show little in the way of imagination. What would the world have been like if the inspirations for these modern vehicles were styled with an eye cast 50-years before they were built? The world would be filled with cars like the Panther Kallista and Excalibur. Jaguar is onto something with the current XJ, CK and F-Type and I hope they build upon it and that other manufacturers truly move forward in a search for modern looks to their cars. With all that said Jaguar has got the opportunity and they would be crazy not to make the six E-types and find an excuse to make some NOS C and D-types with it.

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