Jaguar said it was planning to build six Lightweight E-type cars. Now we can share with you pictures of the remake in all of its wonderfully British, 1960s glory.
The Jaguar Lightweight E-type is the first recreation project from Jaguar Heritage, which falls under the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations umbrella. 18 cars were meant to be built in 1963, but only 12 came to fruition. The remaining six recreations finish the production run.
Each car will bear one of the six remaining chassis numbers originally allocated to the Special GT E-type project and will be built from aluminium, helping the Lightweight race edition live up to its name. A standard original E-type – made from steel – weighs 114kg more than the 1,000kg race version.
Components are made and assembled in-house by craftsman and not soulless machines. This not only helps with authenticity, it makes the recreation eligible for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes.
A 3.8-litre six-cylinder straight-six petrol engine with 340hp and 280ft/lb of torque powers the Lightweight E-type. No performance figures are given but we expect it to go fast, even by modern-day standards.
Inside is a minimal interior that features the same leather you got in the 1960s original. The steering wheel looks older than your grandparents, while plenty of untreated aluminium reminds you this is a car made for racing. Not showing off to jealous onlookers (although we can forgive a bit of showboating).
There is an option to insert a fully bespoke interior if you crave a bit more comfort. You can also specify an external paintjob colour from the following: British racing green (the obvious choice), Carmine red, opalescent grey metallic, silver metallic, opalescent blue metallic and Old English white.
“Our focus as a design team has been to ensure justice was done to the original work of Sir William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer. Meticulous attention to detail has been everything to us in re-creating this car, just as it is in our contemporary Jaguars,” Jaguar chief engineer Mike Cross commented.
Adding to the cool factor is a bespoke Bremont ‘E-type’ watch offered to every one of the six owners, complete with a self-winding movement, the chassis number of the car and other design cues taken from its four-wheeled inspiration.
Jaguar neglects to mention a price so we’re guessing the Lightweight E-type is going to cost a fortune, especially when you consider the original car’s legendary status, racing pedigree and extremely limited production run.
Cast your eyes over the following images and wish you had the disposable income of a Russian oil tycoon. Or check out our F-Type V8 review, which is its almost as beautiful spiritual successor.