New Jaguar Lightweight E-Type “Missing 6” Delivered To Stratstone
New, 2015, Lightweight Jag E-Type revealed in Mayfair; and owner confirms it will be available for fans to enjoy.
New E-Type crafted with sixties tools
The 2015 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type No. 15 – one of the legendary “missing 6” - has found a home with Stratstone Jaguar in Mayfair, London. The Lightweight E-Type was originally conceived as a aluminium bodied race car in 1963. The company planned to build 18.
However, only 12 were produced so the remaining chassis numbers languished on the company's books for decades; hence “the missing 6”. During 2014, Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations department chose to correct this oversight and complete production.
Lightweight No. 15 has been hand built with period tooling, dimensions and specifications. Its 3.8-litre, XK, 330bhp, engine has a D-Type inspired aluminium block whereas standard cars have iron. It also has carburettors rather than fuel injection although – as in the sixties – the customer could have specified the latter.
Lightweight No. 15 tested by race driver before delivery
Stratstone's Lightweight E-Type No. 15 had its shakedown at Shelsley Walsh courtesy of Katarina Kyvalova; an experienced classic car racer. She confirmed that it “handles beautifully”. It was later taken, by truck, to Mayfair, driven onto a lift then lowered into the basement to be shown-off to journalists and VIPs.
Trevor Finn, Chief Executive Officer of Stratstone's parent company, Pendragon PLC, said: “The intention for this particular Lightweight E-Type is not for it to remain hidden away. Our intention for this very special Jaguar is that it will serve as a living and dynamic ambassador for Stratstone across the UK/Europe."
Mr Finn added: “We feel privileged and proud that at least one of the missing 6 will call the UK home.” It is, as of now, the only one in Britain. He concluded: “No. 15 is the UK's E-Type, and our plan is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to see it."
How Lightweight E-Type was conceived in the sixties
Jaguar was riding high in the sixties. The E-Type was loved and there was strong demand for its saloons. This ensured there was little time to concentrate on racing, even though it had dominated The Le Man 24 Hours race on 5 occasions with the C-Type and D-Type.
On this basis, rather than construct an all-new competition car it conceived the Lightweight E-Type. It was based on the E-Type convertible, had a coupé hard top and weight saving came courtesy of the: aluminium panels, aluminium engine block and the stripped cabin. It raced at Le Mans but had most success via smaller events.
E-Type No. 15 is not a museum piece
Stratstone stressed that E-Type Lightweight No. 15 is not a car to sit static like a museum exhibit. However, it remains to be seen exactly what the company has planned for when it leaves the showroom. Motorists can keep up-to-date using Facebook and Twitter.