Following a lot of excited whispers, including our own, it finally looks as if Jaguar is coming even closer to the much-rumored all-out revival of the classic 1960s E Type – a car that Enzo Ferrari himself called “the most beautiful car in the world.”
And it’s certainly true that there are still many, us here at Elmhurst Jaguar included once again, who feel that Enzo’s words ring as true today as ever before. In celebration of the monumental E Type, we’re happy to share some news about Jaguar’s plans to give this flagship design a chance to shine again.
Now, two variations are receiving special treatment in particular, as a splendid replica of the prototype-only ‘Low Drag’ Coupé, built by Valley Motorsport in North Wales has been unveiled for this year’s opening of the UK’s popular Goodwood Circuit Revival competitions, and as the company continues to pursue its recently-announced efforts to complete six unfinished 1963 Lightweight E Type Coupés that it abandoned fifty years ago. Both cars have been on the minds of Jaguar enthusiasts for decades, and now it looks like 2015 is proving to be the year in which their dreams of a proper reemergence of some of Jaguar’s finest vintages are set to come true.
Recently, Goodwood shared a video of Scottish driver Alasdair McCaig behind the wheel of Valley’s beautiful new replica Low Drag Coupé, and we’re finding it a little hard not to admit our jealousy!
While this and one original are the only two ‘Low Drag’ E Type variants known to exist, Jaguar is putting some further effort forth in its dedicated revival of the E Type with concurrent plans to complete the unfinished units of its eighteen originally-intended Lightweight E Type Coupé models, only twelve of which were originally finished in the 60s. The new prototype Lightweight made its debut at last year’s Pebble Beach show, after which the official models are being finished by Jaguar’s Special Vehicles Operations division. Our fingers are definitely crossed for some news from the workshop soon!
Sporting an aluminum body that cuts 250 lbs from the original E Type design, and retaining the original Lightweight’s serious and rather surprising muscle with more than 300 horsepower and 280 ft.-lbs of torque, the new models will also feature an aluminum block to replace the original cast-iron. Personally, we can’t wait for the long-unfinished story of this limited-edition E Type, also known as the ‘Special GT,’ to get the respect it deserves from a new generation.
Knowing how much admiration has gone toward the E Type in the fifty years since its birth, Elmhurst Jaguar is beyond excited for the unveiling of the new models, which are under fabrication in an updated ‘heritage workshop’ at historic Browns Lane, Coventry, the original fabrication site for first Lightweights. In the spirit of the E Type’s fifty years of reliable service, count on Elmhurst Jaguar to be at your service for plenty of upcoming news on the long-overdue victory laps of these vintage legends, or on your own Jaguar! Schedule an appointment with our quality service department and get the best care, only fit for a Jaguar.