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14 May 2014

Jaguar’s iconic Lightweight E-Type is back

Bringing the classics into modern times, Jaguar will restart its first ever re-creation project

TopGear.com
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Jaguar is known for its high-performance sportscars, and one of the most beloved cars from the company is the rear-wheel driven grand tourer, the E-Type. Also known as the XK-E, it was a combination of good looks and high performance, which along with competitive pricing made the E-Type one of the most iconic cars of its time.

This car was produced between 1961 and 1975, and about 72,500 vehicles were produced during this period. In 1963, Jaguar decided to produce 18 special-edition replicas of the race-bred Lightweight E-Type. However, only 12 saw the light of day, and the remaining six lived only on paper in the form of chassis numbers. But now, the British car maker has decided to finish the unfinished task. The company has announced that it will transform the six dormant chassis numbers into street-running machines.

What make the Lightweight E-Type special are the all-aluminium monocoque and engine block, a lack of interior trim and exterior chrome work, and a host of weight-saving features which also include lightweight, hand-operated side windows. This reduces the overall weight by 114kg when compared to the road-going E-Type.

To be powered by the original 3.8-litre straight-six power mill, these six new cars will be hand-made by Jaguar's craftsmen to the exact specifications of their original 1960s predecessors. Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race car interests, will enjoy the priority as potential customers. As for the price, we are sure it would cost a fortune, yet the company is optimistic that it will manage to sell the cars in no time.

Tags: lightweight e type, e type, jaguar

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