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Jaguar to build re-production of Lightweight E-Type

Posted on May 14 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, May 14 : Automobile giant Jaguar is to build six perfect reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-type that was created in 1963.

The new cars are the 'missing' six vehicles from Jaguar's Lightweight E-type project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 'Special GT E-type Cars'.

Only 12 of the aluminium bodied Lightweight E-types were eventually built, the last in 1964, the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now.

"The new cars will be hand-built in-house by Jaguar's finest craftsmen. Each car will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears - including the 3.8-litre straight-six engine," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The Lightweight carried approximately 114kg (250lb) less weight than a standard E-type, thanks to its all-aluminium body and engine block, a lack of interior trim and exterior chrome work and a host of further weight-saving features including lightweight, hand-operated side windows," it said.

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