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Jaguar to build six “brand new” Lightweight E-Types

Published by on May 14, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

The Jaguar E-Type is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful sports cars of all time, being produced between 1961 and 1975. And even though more than 70,000 units were build during this time, there is one special edition that is extremely rare, the Lightweight E-Type which was a version built for racing. Only 12 units were built in 1963 and 1964 and aluminum alloy was used for body panels and several other components, including the engine, contributing to a weight loss of around 250 pounds. The Lightweight E-Type’s aluminum-block 3.8-liter engine was also upgraded compared to the stock version, with power output being increased from 265-hp to 300-hp.

But even though 12 units were build, the original plan was for 18 units to leave the Coventry assembly line and Jaguar’s Heritage Business division wants to fix that and the finish the Lightweight E-Type’s production run. According to the British officials, the six remaining units will be built using chassis numbers assigned in the 1960s but that were unused. Also, customers will be able to choose between several trim specifications, including exterior color. Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, but what we know is that the car will be revealed sometime this summer.

“The E-type is an iconic car, and the Lightweight E-tpe is the most desirable model of all. To be able to complete the intended production run of 18, some 50 years after the last Lightweight was completed, is an opportunity we couldn’t miss,” said Derek Weale, Director of the Heritage Business for Jaguar.

Source: Jaguar

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