Jaguar E-Type Lightweight is the usual designation of a series of eleven cars built together in 1963 and preceded by a prototype. Although they differ from the basic version by the extensive use of aluminum alloy, they are not identified in the documents of the brand.
Jaguar did not bet much on that variant perhaps specially tailored for Briggs Cunningham. Its endurance called for further improvements and the competition with Ferrari's 250P prototypes and 250 GTOs left a reduced place for an outsider.
The car for sale by Bonhams has an outstanding feature : after a low competition history, it is still equipped with its fragile original alloy engine. Its only significant changes from new were the replacement of the gearbox, broken in the 8th lap at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1963, and of the hood taken later in the same race to fit another E Lightweight-Cunningham that had been slightly damaged.
Another one of the eleven Lightweights was sold for $ 7.4M including premium by Bonhams on January 19, 2017. This car had a great career in Australia including the win in the 1963 Australian GT Championship but its original engine had blown out in 1966.
Please watch the video shared by Bonhams to announce the car of the next sale.
SOLD for $ 8M including premium