Jaguar to complete production of lightweight E-Type after 50 years

Last one was assembled in 1964
May 17, 2014
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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Jaguar to complete production of its ‘lightweight’ E-Type after 50 years

Fifty years after Jaguar produced the 12th aluminum-bodied Lightweight E-Type in 1964, the British carmaker is finally completing the planned 18-car run by assembling the so-called "missing" six units.

With the six designated chassis numbers previously lying dormant, Jaguar has revealed that it will now hand-assemble the six reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-Type "to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears--including the 3.8-liter straight-six engine."

According to the British carmaker, the Lightweight E-Type weighed 114kg less than the standard model, thanks to its all-aluminum body and engine block, absence of interior trim and exterior chrome work, "and a host of further weight-saving features including lightweight, hand-operated side windows."

While Jaguar expects the demand for the six new Lightweight E-types to be high, it will prioritize established Jaguar collectors, "especially those with historic race-car interests."

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