This is the most expensive Jaguar E-Type ever

Crazy light, crazy cost
by TopGear.com | Jan 30, 2017
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This particular Jaguar E-Type is rather special—it’s one of just 12 so-called ‘Lightweight’ models, which were created both as engineering test beds and all-out racers.

 

So what were the differences? Well, instead of steel body panels, like a regular E-Type, the Lightweight used aluminum alloys. The straight-six engine was changed as well, with the heavy steel block replaced in favor of a lightweight aluminum unit. The aluminum 3.8 was tuned to make 300hp, up from a claimed 265hp in the original.

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So, the weight was down to just 960kg, and there was 300hp on tap from a glorious Jag straight six. Yes, it’s every bit as desirable as it sounds.

 

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And the bidders at Bonhams Scottsdale auction agreed, sending the price for the rare Jaguar into stratospheric territory. Of course, it’s not a patch on the racing Ferraris of the day, but your name needs to start with ‘The Sultan of’ to even look at those things these days. 

 

As the gavel fell, a bidder on the other end of a telephone laid out $7.37 million (P367 million) to claim a slice of British racing history.

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Now, the E-Type Lightweight didn’t achieve the massive success of the big names—y’know, anything with ‘250’ in the name—but they were known as England’s ‘GTO Killers’ for a reason, with great results at the hands of Bruce McLaren and Bob Jane. In fact, Mr. Jane drove this exact E-Type Lightweight to victory in the Australian GT championship in 1963, cementing its desirability in the minds of collectors. 

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In some good news for those not on a first-name basis with billionaires, Jaguar has also built another six so-called ‘continuation models’ over the past few years, with 340hp, which it says completes the original intended run of 18. 

When they were new, they sold for £1.2 million (P75 million) apiece, likely making them a cheaper secondhand purchase than the one that’s 100%original and bathed in racing glory. If you can get one out of the hands of the six hand-picked Jag customers who got them, that is. 

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But would you lay out $7.37 million on an original lightweight E-Type? Or would you head over to Eagle and get them to build you a Spyder GT or Low Drag GT for about a tenth of the price?

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

 

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