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Jaguar is to build a limited run of six brand-new E-type Lightweights – and the firm’s first-ever ‘recreation’ will mean the full intended run of 18 lightweight E-types is finished, more than half a century after it started.
The ‘missing six’ E-type Lightweights will all use period chassis numbers allocated back in 1963, and will be hand-built in house by Jaguar craftsmen.
They will all faithfully follow the original specification, and are naturally expected to be in huge demand. The firm says that “established Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race car interests, will be prioritised amongst those potential customers who express interest”.
Does this, rather like it does with Ferrari, indicate the preferred customers who may be favoured when it comes to confirming the deal?
The ‘new’ Jaguar E-type lightweights will all use a 3.8-litre straight-six engine, and all weigh 114kg less than a standard E-type courtesy of the hand-formed aluminium body. There’ll also be no exterior chromework, no interior trim and the same distinctive hand-operated side windows.
Jaguar is clearly already underway producing the first car (the images below show it’s pretty advanced already, too…). The firm confirms it will make its public debut “later this summer”. More information, it adds, will be released at that point – including, presumably, the price.
Over to you: as surprising news stories go, the fact Jaguar is once again to build brand-new E-types is one of the stories of the week. What do you make of it?
Just about to fly off to Spain for the Jaguar F-Type coupe launch event. It’s a full two days of driving, which may challenge some of my colleagues.
I could hardly believe my eyes when they simply stopped after a couple of hours on the recent Porsche Macan event, with all those lovely cars sitting outside begging to be driven.
There’s an overnight in Barcelona and then a flight to Llieda. From there we dash across country to the Motorland Aragon race circuit for a session in the 550hp F-Type V8 R Coupe. As you know, this has even more power than the roadster so there’s some potential for clenched buttocks.
There’s another heavy day of driving on Wednesday, so I should know the F-Type rather better than I do now. I didn’t ingratiate myself to Jaguar when I criticised the roadster for its small trunk, huge backside and the noise. I know the coupe has addressed at least the luggage issue, and it’s significantly cheaper too.
And thrown into the equation last week is that notice has been given of the imminent demise of the XK. That’s a car I liked a great deal, so the F-Type can now fill its shoes with more justification.
Now, if I didn’t own a nice old 911, a nice used XK could be the car for me…
David Beckham has become a Jaguar brand ambassador in China in a long-term signing to support the firm’s new product launches in the country.
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