Six lightweight Jaguar E-Type models, originally intended to be built and raced in 1963, will be newly created in-house by the iconic British marque ahead of a public unveiling later this year.
Part of an 18-car Lightweight E-Type project initiated by Jaguar’s competition department back in February 1963 targeting GT racing, the six brand new ‘missing’ Jaguar Lightweight GT E-Types are to be built to the exact specifications of the original 12 cars.
Touted as Jaguar’s first-ever ‘re-creation’ project, the hand-built all-aluminium-bodied E-Types will not only feature the past racecars’ dry-sumped 3.8-litre fuel-injected straight-six powerplant but also the original six remaining 'S'-prefixed chassis numbers first allocated in 1963.
Weighing approximately 114kg less than the standard sports car and raced in their day by the likes of Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Roy Salvadori and Briggs Cunningham, the Lightweight GT E-Types have both interior trim and exterior chrome details deleted as well as hand-operated side windows.
Understandably expecting a high demand for the highly exclusive E-Types, Jaguar says established collectors of its brand – particularly those with a passion for historic racing cars – will be prioritised among potential customers who express interest.
The new Jaguar Lightweight E-Types are due to make their public debut by the end of August, with more details and images to be released closer to the unveiling.
Of the original 12 cars built – the last being in 1964 – 11 are believed to remain today.