Jaguar decides to build the rest of the 1963 Lightweight E-types 50 years later

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 14, 2014

Back in 1963, Jaguar announced that it will offer 18 ‘Special GT E-Type cars’ but the British manufacturer delivered only 12 of the aluminum-bodied Lightweight E-Types. Making a simple calculus, there were six vehicles that weren’t built. Many of you folks would say that Jaguar will never build them, but you know… never say never, as Jaguar has just announced that it will build the vehicles 50 years later!

This is Jaguar’s first ever recreation project and the company will use the six remaining chassis numbers which were originally allocated in 1963. The first new Lightweight E-Type will arrive later this summer and according to Jaguar, each car will be hand-built in-house by its finest craftsmen.

Jaguar says that the Lightweight E-Type will feature the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears. This means that the vehicles will be powered by a 3.8-liter straight-six engine and will be 114 kg (250 lb) less than the standard E-type thanks to the all-aluminum body and engine black but also the lack of interior trim and exterior chrome work.

As Jaguar is expecting a high demand for the six Lightweight E-Types don’t expect the vehicles to be cheap especially when established car collectors are among the potential customers who expressed their interest in the new ‘old’ cars.

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