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.