Jaguar Completes the Lightweight E-type History

A unique ‘re-creation’ of the remaining six iconic Lightweight E-Type cars

For the first time ever Jaguar is starting a ‘re-creation’ project to build six perfect reproductions of the original, race-bred Lightweight E-type. Originally created in 1963 with the objective of building 18 ‘Special GT E-type Cars’ only 12 were actually completed. Until now the six remaining chassis numbers have remained dormant, but six individuals will have the opportunity to complete their Jaguar collection.

Lightweight history

jaguar-santa-barbara-rszThe E-type is an iconic car, with the Lightweight E-type being the most desirable model. The original Lightweight E-type weighed 250lbs less than the standard E-type thanks to the  all-aluminum body and aluminum block tuned version of the production 3.8-litre Jaguar engine with 300 bhp output, significantly greater than the 265 bhp produced by the standard engine. The lack of interior trim and exterior chrome work, hand-operated side windows, and several other weight saving features made the Lightweight light as a feather compared to other vehicles.

Creating Lightweight E-type

Each car will be hand-built in-house to the exact specifications of the original 12 Lightweight E-type cars produced from 1963-64, even down to the 3.8-litre straight-six engine. Customers will have the opportunity to make personal requests for interior and exterior trim levels, paint and livery, and further technical specifications.

“As a Jaguar dealership and Jaguar fanatics we are anxiously awaiting when we can see these new Lightweight E-type cars in action again” shares Duane Sanders, General Manager of Santa Barbara Auto Group.”We are excited to see the series completed and hope that we can bring this iconic vehicle into our customers’ collections.”


Jaguar is expecting a high demand for the available six Lightweight E-types. Preference will be given by Jaguar to established Jaguar collectors with historic race car interests. Those interested should contact Santa Barbara Auto Group today.

About Jaguar Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto group is proud to be an authorized Jaguar dealer located just off the 101 and S Hope Ave.  The Jaguar team at Santa Barbara Auto Group delivers an exceptional buying experience, paying close attention to your requests.  The sale staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs.  Customers may view the extensive selection of new and pre-owned Jaguar vehicles online or on-site at Santa Barbara Auto Group.

The Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California.  To learn more about any of the popular Jaguar models including the 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Santa Barbara Auto Group

402 S Hope Ave

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 682-2000

2014-06-24T11:32:23+00:00June 24th, 2014|Jaguar|