Friday 15 December 2017

New limited edition Jaguar E-Type is a snip at €1.2m

The limited run of new Jaguar E-Types will be built to the exact specifications of the original model. Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
The limited run of new Jaguar E-Types will be built to the exact specifications of the original model. Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

They were the epitome of cool and became the sports car of choice for George Best and other Sixties celebrities.

Now Jaguar is going back to its roots by building a limited run of the classic E-type. However, to own one you will need at least a spare million and be able to convince the car company that you will actually risk taking it on the road.

Just six of the lightweight racing versions of the E-type will be built, to the exact specifications of the highly-prized original. They will finish a production run that mysteriously stopped in 1963 before the intended 18 were completed.

Each are expected to sell for well in excess of £1m (€1.22m). "It's not a cheap car to build," Tony Schulp, Jaguar's Heritage consultant said. "Put it this way; there are 11 cars left in the world and if they came up for sale I estimate they wouldn't be selling for less than pounds £3m (€3.67m) each."

The "new" E-type cars will be so faithful to the original, that Jaguar will sell them with the approval of the FIA world racing authority to compete in classic events, despite being new.

Irish Independent

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