“New” E-type unveiled by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division.
The exclusive Lightweight E-type is the first recreation to come from Jaguar Heritage, part of the Special Operations unit.
Hand-built by highly skilled Jaguar craftsmen in a new facility at Browns Lane, Coventry, only six customer cars will be built and they are expected to cost around £1 million each.
Each will be 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.
They were raced by legends including Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and Roy Salvadori and the remaining cars are regular front-runners in historic races.
The prototype Lightweight – ‘Car Zero’ – will go on show at the opening reception to the Pebble Beach Automotive weekend, the world’s most prestigious classic car event, in California on August 14.
The new Lightweights will be built to the exact specification of the original cars and they will be powered by an aluminium-block 3.8-litre straight six engine and driven through a four-speed manual gearbox.