The Lightweight E-Type of 1963 was an evolution of the Low Drag, but for the fact that (with one exception) they were based on open-top cars but all featured hard roofs. It went further with the aluminium construction than the Low Drag, using the lightweight material for its entire monocoque construction and for the engine block. Thanks to its wider wheels and stiffened suspension, it the most aggressive looking E-Type, and that translated to performance that beat rival Ferraris on a number of occasions. It chalked up victories at Goodwood, Snetterton and Silverstone as well as a class win at the Sebring 12-Hour.
Jaguar had planned to build 18 Lightweights in period, but only produced 12. The ‘missing’ six were built by Jaguar’s heritage division in 2014 to the exact specification of the original cars.
The Revival offers a chance to see them back to back and pick a favourite. Which would you take for some laps around the circuit?
Photography by Pete Summers and Tom Shaxson