New Lightweight Jaguar E-Type revealed

At the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations - the personalisation arm of Jaguar cars - will unveil the prototype ("car zero") of the Lightweight E-Type - where a further six of which will be built and sold.

The new cars are the 'missing' six vehicles from the 'Special GT E-type' project, which originally started in February 1963 with the objective of building 18 cars. Only 12 of the aluminium-bodied Lightweight E-types were eventually built and the remaining six designated chassis numbers having lain dormant, until now. The six new cars will carry those original, historic Lightweight E-type chassis numbers.

Jaguar's 1963 Lightweight E-Type 

The Lightweight E-Type's will be hand-built in-house by Jaguar's finest craftsmen. Each car will be constructed to the exact specifications of their original 1960s forebears – including the 3.8-litre straight-six engine. Customers will also be able to make bespoke requests for interior and exterior trim levels, paint and livery and further technical specification.

Each car is expected to carry a price tag of around $1.6 million (£1 million).