Jaguar Just Brought Back The E-Type Lightweight
2014 is turning out to be the Year Of The Brand New Vintage Jaguar. After Eagle dropped their Low Drag Coupe and Lister announced they're making the Knobbly again, this time it's Jaguar itself getting in on the action. They've just announced that they're going to make a limited run of six Lightweight E-Types, and they're building them from scratch to their original factory specs, starting this summer.
When Jaguar first built the lightweight in 1963, the idea was to make a worthy successor to the D-Type. On paper the car was exactly that: all the chassis refinements of the E-Type, plus an aluminum body and engine, saving weight to the tune of 250 pounds.
They're continuing that performance with this new production run. They had originally planned to produce 18 lightweights in 1963, but only 12 ever saw the light of day, so they've allocated the remaining original VIN numbers to the new ones.
Everything will be 100 percent the same as it was over 50 years ago, which means you're looking at the rebirth of a crazy light, 300 hp semi-race car...and a lot of hammering out metal by hand.
Because the Lightweight E-Types were originally built to do battle on the race track, Jaguar wants to ensure that the six they're building now also see legitimate action, so they're essentially only taking applications from qualified buyers. If you don't already have a Jaguar collection and a history of racing the big cats, you're probably already out of luck.
On the plus side, though, we'll all get to hear this beauty on track again!
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's convinced that all these new-old Jags are being built just to support the garage of some Bond villain who's been frozen for 50 years, and he's okay with that.