Earlier this year, Jaguar announced plans to dust off the remaining lightweight E-Type VIN numbers and build the six missing cars from scratch. The company has revealed the first Lightweight E-Type prototype ahead of its public debut at this year’s edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that will kick off in California later this week.
Hand-built at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in Coventry, the 21st century Lightweight E-Type is identical in nearly every way to the 12 examples that were manufactured in 1963. The body, the hood, the doors, the trunk lid and the hard top are all crafted out of aluminum, a construction process that allows the Lightweight E to shed about 250 pounds (114 kilos) over a standard steel-bodied E-Type.
Jaguar’s workshop has created six vintage-inspired paint colors for the Lightweight E: Carmine red, opalescent grey metallic, silver metallic, opalescent blue metallic, British racing green, Old English white. However, Jaguar emphasizes the cars are highly customizable and buyers can specify just about any color they want.
The period-correct treatment continues inside the cockpit with bucket seats upholstered in Connolly leather, a wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel and a full set of analog gauges. Floor mats, door cards and trim over the transmission tunnel are all found on the list of options.
Designed to compete in FIA-sanctioned historic races, the Es come standard with a host of race-designed accessories including a roll cage, a fire extinguisher mounted in the passenger’s footwell and a master kill switch on the dash.
Power comes from an all-aluminum 3.8-liter straight-six engine fed with three Weber 45 carburetors, though buyers can order a Lucas mechanical fuel-injection system at an extra cost. Jaguar promises both versions of the mill make “well over 300 horsepower” and approximately 280 lb-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpms. We imagine precise figures will be announced when the first production car is manufactured.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Disc brakes all around help bring the car to a stop.
Jaguar will work with the individual buyers to hammer out each car’s final specifications so the six lightweight E-Type are expected to be unique. The company has hinted it has hand-picked the lucky collectors that will be allowed to purchase the cars but it has not revealed how much each example will cost.