Jaguar targets to compete in GT category by letting the information circulated about an E-Type Lightweight in aluminum alloy. It seems evident a posteriori that this ambition was not a priority. 18 chassis are prepared but only 12 cars are assembled : the first prototype raced at Silverstone in May 1962 is followed by the simultaneous production of 11 units in 1963.
Competitors have progressed faster than Jaguar. It is too late. If it had been released one year earlier, the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight could have gleaned the first places despite the fragility of its engine. Jaguar loses its motivation, neglecting to listen to the requests for improvements from its customers. The last six chassis of the series of 18 will be exhumed in 2014 for a prestige operation.
One of the 11 cars assembled in 1963 is sold to Bob Jane and obtains honorable successes in Australian competitions. It remains remarkably original with about 6500 Km from new. It was never restored or repaired except for the replacement of its engine in 1966.
This car will be sold by Bonhams in Scottsdale on January 19, lot 24. The estimate between $ 7.5M and 8.5M was announced in the December 1 press release.
SOLD for $ 7.4M including premium