Tata Motors' Jaguar to build 6 race-bred 'Lightweight' E-type

Written by FE Online | New Delhi | Updated: May 15 2014, 01:07am hrs
Jaguar lightweight E-typeJaguar's?first new Lightweight E-type will make its public debut later this summer.
Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will build six reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-type that was created in 1963. The cars will make its public debut later this summer.

The new cars are the missing six vehicles from Jaguars Lightweight E-type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 Special GT E-type Cars.

Only 12 of the aluminium bodied Lightweight E-types were eventually built, the last in 1964, the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now.

The new cars will be hand-built in-house by Jaguars finest craftsmen. Each car will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears including the 3.8-litre straight-six engine.

The Lightweight carried approximately 114kg (250lb) less weight than a standard E-type, thanks to its all-aluminium body and engine block, a lack of interior trim and exterior chrome work and a host of further weight-saving features including lightweight, hand-operated side windows.

Jaguar expects a high demand for the six Lightweight E-types. Established Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race car interests, will be prioritised amongst those potential customers who express interest.