Jaguar have re-created their Lightweight E-type Jaguar which has been built to thespecification originating from the last Lightweight E-type produced in 1964 and which has been hand-crafted at the original home of the E-type, Jaguar's Browns Lane plant in Coventry, England, as part of Jaguar Heritage's first recreation project.
The re-created E-Type Lightweight vehicles were recently presented at Pebble Beach, California.
They are not road legal vehicles and will be sold as period competition vehicles for historic motor racing. The six original Lightweight E-Types weighed 114kg less than standard E-types and were raced by the likes of likes of Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and others. Such cars are now valued at more than $6.6million.
The 3.8-litre engines will develop 340 BHP and with appropriate gearing are capable of more than 160mph. The engine is based on the original XK-based straight-six engine, with an aluminium block, a wide angle aluminium cylinder head, and a dry sump lubrication system.
Only six new vehicles are planned and the cost of individual cars will be approximately US$1.7 million.
Between 1961 and 1975, Jaguar built around 72,500 E-types and the original design was the work of Sir William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer.
In the course of design work for the new Lightweight E-type, Jaguar used state-of-the-art scanning technology to digitally remap the inner and outer surfaces of the Lightweight body shell.