Jaguar reveals its new lightweight E-Type
Out with the old, in with the classics
Jaguar has recently revealed the first images for its new hand-built lightweight E-Types.
The new production run, limited to just six cars – which was announced back in May – will complete the original 12 cars that left the Browns Lane factory in 1963, bringing the total amount of classic lightweight E-Types to 18, the number that was originally intended.
All of the new hand-built E-Types will be made at Jaguar's new Heritage customer workshop facility, with each car set to feature the aluminium body panels that made the lightweight so unique back in the 60s. Jaguar says that 75 percent of the bodywork for the new car will be made in-house at the company's Whitley plant in England.
The sleek, vintage-looking cars will also feature one of the remaining chassis numbers meant for the orginal project. Each new Jaguar E-Type will be powered by a recreated version of the original XK-based straight-six engine, with an aluminium block, a 'wide angle' aluminium cylinder head, and a dry sump lubrication system.