We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the only thing we like better than a new Jaguar is a vintage one, but this time when we say it there is a slight twist. While the statement is still true, we can now add an amendment to it: The only thing we like better than a new Jaguar is a vintage Jag OR a brand new vintage Jaguar replica. We hope that’s not too confusing, and remember it’s not our fault. Blame Jaguar for bringing this beauty back to life.
At first glance, the brand new Jaguar Lightweight E-Type (LWE) racer looks every bit like the 1964 model, of which only 18 of the Special GT-E-Type were built. A second and third glance would seem to confirm this initial suspicion, and for good reason. After all, this racer was built in Browns Land, Coventry in England, it’s interior is outfitted in Connolly leather, it features Dunlop tires and Smith gauges and it even has a vehicle number identical to one of those vintage 60s racers? So why does it look so new and factory fresh?
The Jaguar Heritage department who assembled this new “old’ model refer to their creation as a continuation of the E-Type. While most car models don’t generally experience a near half century break in production, that works fine for us as an explanation. Jaguar is making six of these models and all are qualified to race as “period competition vehicles” in historic racing events. It is our hope that they do just that.
The iconic torpedo design of the E-Type remains one of the most inspired and awe-inspiring designs in automotive history, in our humble, if not biased opinion. While it surely must have been tempting to apply some modern tech upgrades to the body of the car, Jaguar resisted in order to meet the approval of the FIA — the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile which is the motor sports governing body headquartered in Paris, France. As a result the LWE was constructed with a couple hundred piece of aluminum, welded and riveted in the manner of its forebears. Modern technology was used to make the LWE more symmetrical than the 18 that preceded it. They are said to have lacked slightly in this area, falling just short of perfection. Using digital imaging, the design team was able to create better balance.
Of course we wish we had one of these beautiful replicas to show off here at Elmhurst Jaguar, but we are quite content with the many great Jaguar models on our lot right now. Come see for yourself. Visit us at Elmhurst Jaguar. We are located at 490 West Lake Street in Elmhurst, IL.