Jaguar to recreate 'missing' E-Types
In the year that John F. Kennedy was assassinated, The Beatles ruled the charts and Jaguar built a lightweight racing version of its E-type sports car.
Five decades on, the British manufacturer has announced plans to bring back that model by building new E-Types to original specifications.
Jaguar planned to build 18 lightweight E-types in 1963 but only finished 12.
Those ''missing'' cars will be built to original plans, right down to the aluminium body and engine block.
Jaguar originally claimed the lightweight E-Type had a 114 kilogram weight advantage over the regular model, while its 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine was said to produce about 200kW.
Those original models are favoured by classic racers, forming the inspiration for modern Eagle E-Type recreations which can cost $1 million or more.
Jaguar has not announced full details for the six upcoming cars, only saying it ''expects a high demand'' for them.
It says ''established Jaguar collectors, especially those with historic race car interests, will be prioritised amongst those potential customers who express interest''.
The original lightweight models were raced by drivers such as Formula One world champions Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill.
Jaguar has not released pricing and performance figures for the new hand-built models, but you can expect that its modern F-Type R Coupe would prove a significantly cheaper alternative.
Sydney Morning Herald