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Jaguar Special Operations Reveals Lightweight E-Type

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Completing some unfinished business from 1963.

As one of the greatest classic cars of all time, the Jaguar E-Type needs little introduction. But back in 1963, Jag released a limited-run Lightweight E-type. The series was planned to encompass 18 units, but only 12 were built. Now, Jaguar Special Operations is rolling in to complete the unfinished task. The six cars to be produced will represent a fine balance of historic accuracy and new technology. The current rendition 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, using triple carbs, dry-sump lubrication and available mechanical fuel injection. All this will be mated to a four-speed manual and single-plate clutch, riding on 15-inch perforated wheels and Dunlop racing tires. The new/old E-Type features new front disc brakes and the original rear ones. Inside, Connolly leather joins aluminum finishing for an ultimate 60s feel. The first car, headed for Pebble Beach and dubbed Car Zero, will later be entrusted to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust's collection.

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