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

May 14 2014, 19:37 IST
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Jaguar's first new Lightweight E-type will make its public debut later this summer. Jaguar's first new Lightweight E-type will make its public debut later this summer.
SummaryThe 'Lightweight' carried approximately 114kg less weight than a standard E-type.

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 Jaguar’s 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 Jaguar’s 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.

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