Jaguar will show off a prototype of its hand-built Lightweight E-Type coupes at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The British company decided to make six new cars to finish the planned eighteen-car run of a special aluminum version of the E-Type that was originally commissioned in 1963; only 12 of the 18 cars were ever built, so Jaguar announced in May plans to build the remaining six to offer them to collectors.
So far, Jaguar has built one engineering test car called “Car Zero” that will not be sold; it does not count among the six cars planned for production. The key change for the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type is its aluminum body, doors, trunk, and roof, dropping 205 pounds compared to an equivalent E-Type. To ensure the modern car was recreated as faithfully as possible, Jaguar technicians digitally scanned the body shell of a Lightweight E-Type and all its component parts, and then rebuilt and stamped them based on those measurements.
Beneath the hood is a 3.9-liter inline-six engine that has been rebuilt to original specifications. The engine was a tuned version of that in the contemporary Jaguar XK. In the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type, the engine uses three carburetors as standard, with a mechanical fuel-injection system optional. It produces 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, with a four-speed manual transmission directing power to the rear wheels.
Inside, the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type will be finished in period-correct Connolly leather, with an aluminum shift knob, five-point racing harnesses, and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. Each of the six cars will be customized by the buyers; period-correct exterior paint choices comprise Carmine Red, Opalescent Grey Metallic, British Racing Green, and Old English White.
Pricing for the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type hasn’t be publicly revealed, and preference will be given to existing Jaguar collectors. As an additional perk, buyers will be able to personally consult on their color and trim choices with Jaguar design director Ian Callum.