Jaguar lightweight E-Type was for the race-bred of 1963, and adding more exclusivity to it, the company built only 12 examples out of the total intended 18 units.
The lightweight E-Type had set a perfect example for many others in its days. Once again, ready to roll-down the history on the carpet of modern times, Jaguar confirmed to build those remaining six units of the 18 intended E-Types on the same chassis number that it had kept aside during that time.
The new weight-efficient Jags are slated to be hand-made by British carmakers’ in-house craftsmen. And they will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears – including the 3.8-litre straight-six engine.
Weighing approximately 114kg (250lb) less weight than a standard E-type, aluminium body and engine block, lack of interior trim and exterior chrome work, other weight-saving features including lightweight, hand-operated side windows are the reasons for keeping the kerb of this model plate floated all time.
As out of the 12, only 11 lightweight E-Type are reported to be surviving today. It can be noted of, Jaguar is about to hit high expectations from the customers, and a good chunk of bounty to be received from its sales, which seems to bolster the elevation of some investment burdens off the company’s balance sheet.
At the moment, there is no confirmation on price, but expected to exceed £5million at the time of auction, said a source.
Learning some details about the E-Type (not lightweight), it was produced between 1961 and 1975, and over 72,500 units were built.
The “Lightweight” E-types went into production during 1963 by Jaguar’s competition department, where they say one car was delivered in 1964. The Lightweight E-types were raced in its time by Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Roy Salvadori and Briggs Cunningham. Even today, those are seen on the forefront of historic motorsport scene.