Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations has unveiled its continuation Lightweight E-Type – hand-built by skilled Jaguar craftsmen in a new facility at Browns Lane in England.
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The new Lightweight E-Type will be produced by Jaguar Heritage. Six customer Lightweight E-Type vehicles will be built – each assigned one of the remaining chassis numbers originally allocated in 1963 to the intended 18-car ‘Special GT E-Type’ project, of which just 12 were built.
The Jaguar Heritage workshop at Browns Lane is now open to also offer service and restoration of classic Jaguar models.
The specification includes an aluminum body shell, doors, trunk lid, hardtop and hood, and is made to original standards.
The classic six-cylinder XK engine features an aluminum block, ‘wide angle’ aluminum cylinder head and dry sump lubrication.
The cars will be sold as period competition vehicles and all will be suitable for FIA homologation for historic motorsport purposes.
A prototype Lightweight E-Type – ‘Car Zero’ – has been completed and revealed at the opening reception of the Pebble Beach automotive weekend, the world’s most prestigious classic car event.
“Special Operations’ remit is to indulge our most discerning and enthusiastic customers’ passion for our cars – including those from our past. This is why our Jaguar Heritage division exists, and why the new Lightweight E-Type is such an incredibly exciting project.
John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said:
“The E-Type is an iconic car, and the Lightweight E-Type the most desirable of all. To be able to complete the intended production run of 18, some 50 years after the last Lightweight was completed, was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”
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