Jaguars are prized additions to any automotive collection, but any collector would count himself extremely lucky to be able to lay claim to a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Continuation. If you’re feeling like you might have that kind of luck, then you’ll want to head over to RM Sotheby’s to pick up the E-Type that they have on auction.
The Jaguar E-Type Lightweight is so valuable because it is so rare. Only 12 of the 18 planned E-Types were built between 1963 and 1964. In 2014, Jaguar announced that it would finish off the production run. The original cars were built with lightweight alloys and featured a 3.8-liter inline-six that boasted three Weber carbs and Lucas mechanical fuel injection. The engine produced 300 horsepower. The particular car is one of the seven continuation cars built—but the RM Sotheby’s car is even more special, being number “Car Zero.” It was used as a the North American press car before being rebuilt and then delivered to its private owner. The car was built using the original blueprints as well as original materials and using the same techniques that created the first 12 cars.
The car is a true masterpiece—and that says a lot coming from a car company that Enzo Ferrari complimented as creating the most beautiful car in the world. For Jaguar to take a 50-year step back in time to finish off the run has special import to the car. “Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum said at the announcement that Jaguar would finish the run, “The E-Type Lightweight reminds us how great we were. And still should be.” Callum also stated, “With the Lightweight E-Type, our focus as a design team has been to ensure justice was done to the original work of Sir William Lyons and Malcolm Sayer. Meticulous attention to detail has been everything to us in re-creating this car, just as it is in our contemporary Jaguar vehicles. I believe the result is a new Lightweight E-Type that is as stunning now as the originals.” Certainly any collector would agree, especially if that collector is one of the lucky few to have one in their collection.