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2014-05-27 10:13

CLASSIC RACER RESURRECTED: Jaguar will build six (inset) of its original, race-bred Lightweight E-type, seen here racing at the Silverstone race track in 1963. Image: Jaguar

  • Six new Lightweight E-types
  • Jaguar’s first “re-creation” project
  • Built to original specifications
  • To debut later in 2014

LONDON, England - Jaguar is to build six more of its original race-bred Lightweight E-types just as they were originally created in 1963.

The new cars are the “missing” six vehicles from Jaguar’s Lightweight E-type project, which started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 Special GT E-type cars.

Only 12 of the aluminium-bodied Lightweight E-types were eventually built, the last in 1964; the remaining six designated chassis numbers have lain dormant, until now (2014).

GALLERY: 2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-type

The new cars will be hand-built, each constructed to the specifications of their 1960's forebears, including the 224kW 3.8-litre straight-six engine.

The Lightweight E-types were raced by legendary drivers such as Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Roy Salvadori and Briggs Cunningham. The surviving Lightweights are regular front-runners on the historic motorsport scene.

Jaguar has not released an official price but the new cars could be worth the equivalent of  R69-million.

WEIGHT-REDUCTION TECH

The Lightweight was about 114kg lighter than a standard E-type, thanks to its aluminium body and engine block, lack of interior trim and exterior chromed details, and a host of other weight-saving features - among them light side mirrors.

Jaguar expects demand to be great for its six Lightweight E-types. Established Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race-car interests, will be prioritised from potential customers.

ICONIC E-TYPE RACER

The E-type was produced from 1961 to 1975 with just more than 72 500 built.

The Lightweight E-types were homologated for GT competition being designated a standard roadster E-type fitted with a number of options:

Aluminium monocoque and body panels
Aluminium-block
Wide-angle head
Dry-sumped 3.8-litre XK engine with fuel injection
Aluminium hardtop.
All chassis numbers carried an 'S' prefix.
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