Six lightweight E-Types are being built to original spec.
The first of six Lightweight E-Types reared its exceptionally pretty head at the Pebble Beach Concours in California this weekend. A project that started back in 1963 will soon be completed with Jaguar set to build the final six models of the ‘Special GT E-Type’ program that only saw 12 of the planned 18-car original run make production. First unveiled last week, the reborn model will be powered by an aluminum block 3.8-liter inline-six.
This engine is designed to deliver 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and will be mated to a four-speed manual and single-plate clutch. Using original construction techniques, Jaguar has created a lightweight aluminum bodyshell, including an aluminum hardtop, as well as 15-inch perforated wheels wrapped in Dunlop racing tires. The new/old E-Type features new front disc brakes and the original rear ones. Inside, Connolly leather joins aluminum finishing a wood-trimmed steering wheel, and push-button starter.