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Low Drag Lightweight Jaguar E-Type Concept car makes public debut 47 years after it was built

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It's not often that a car makes nearly fifty years after it was built, but that's what happened at the recent Cholmondely Pageant of power when the newly-restored, one and only factory-built Low Drag Lightweight Jaguar E-Type of 1964.

It crashed at very high speed testing at Montlhéry and was so badly damaged that it sat for 47 years before a complete restoration involving 7,000 hours of work restoring more than 90 per cent of the original parts to restore its magnificent original state.

15 comments
Ptah Suide III
Love this car..!!
voluntaryist
\"Low drag lightweight\"? The two most important fundamentals for an economic platform are your headline and grabbed my attention. So where are the details? What drag? What weight? Don\'t tease me, tell me!
Ivan Schiller
Loved the 64 E type convertible, but the Lucas electrics never worked properly.
Jim Jost
this would be a great car for a retro-comback.
Adrian Akau
The back doesn\'t look too bad but the front is definitely not low Cd design. I doubt if it has a Cd under 0.27 but prove me wrong and print the details. Perhaps it has never been tested in a wind tunnel.
Miles Archer
I\'ll take one, no quibbles.
Slowburn
The front end looks pretty good to me. Everything slopes back from the air intake, it\'s difficult to see how well the headlight shields are mounted but if they payed attention to the underside it should do quite well in a wind tunnel.
Facebook User
I doubt it is low drag compared to a lot of modern designs but compared to it\'s contemporaries it was slick. There are lots of little things that if you look are still 60\'s er \"slick\". That nice thick rubber windscreen seal for one. Almost forgot how bad those could look. They did rake the windshield by quite a bit. The E always seemed quite vertical. Anyway what you see is only half the storey, it the under tray ie the greasy side that accounts for about half of the frag either from impingement or turbulence. If they cleaned that up and put a great sounding 6 and had modern suspension etc in it, I\'d break open my piggy bank in a flash ;-]
TexByrnes
The original hard top version of the E-Type lost the beautiful lines of the open car, the roof always looking \'stuck-on\'. What a pity they didn\'t take this one into production! Why whinge about the original electrics and drag etc? That was then! What a lovely car...update the bits and pieces and bring it on! Ian Colley.
VoiceofReason
Looks like a kissing cousin to the 1962-1964 Ferrari 250 GTO. Which they make kit car conversions for the Datsun 240- 280Z.