When Jaguar introduced the Lightweight E-type back in 1963, they announced that they would build only eighteen of the special edition series. Ultimately, they built only twelve. Now, more than fifty years later, Jaguar is going to make good on that promise of eighteen cars by producing six more as exacting reproductions of the original, including using the six missing chassis numbers assigned in 1963.

The cars will represent Jaguar’s first-ever “recreation” project and will be all-aluminum builds that are “perfect reproductions” of the originals made 51 years ago. The first of the six will debut this summer.

The cars will be hand-built by Jaguar craftsmen, one at a time, and will utilize the original 3.8-liter straight-six engine. The all-aluminum Lightweight was about 250 pounds lighter than its standard E-type brethren.

Customers who express interest in the cars will be prioritized according to collection, with the historic race car buyers being top of the list.

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3 thoughts on “Jaguar brings back the Lightweight E-type”

  1. You know that is truly exciting news. As a car collector myself, I always wonder why carmakers don’t bring out the cars that made them famous, but with upgraded and modernized components. Think here the AC Cobra, which comes in a variety of kits and even the official one. I would love to see a few Alfa Romeo brought back to life, especially my beloved GTV.

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