RE: Jaguar E-Type Semi-Lightweight | Pic of the Week

RE: Jaguar E-Type Semi-Lightweight | Pic of the Week

Saturday 9th November 2019

Jaguar E-Type Semi-Lightweight | Pic of the Week

Autumn weather plus Semi-Lightweight Jag E-Type equals all sorts of awesome



Doesn’t the car that Enzo Ferrari famously labelled as the prettiest in the world look fantastic in Lightweight spec? Or, in the case of this one, Semi-Lightweight spec? Because the E-Type you see here is actually a recreation produced by Zealia Engineering - and therefore one to be driven no matter the weather.

We were certainly grateful for that last Monday, when PH got behind the wheel of this Β£168k special as the autumnal weather descended. The car in question is for sale, so we were on hand to see just exactly how it stacks up as a modern remake of a vintage motorsport legend, XK 4.2 and Weber carbs combined with a synchromesh gearbox and modern suspension. Clue: it’s really very good, although not without many old school charms.

We’ll delve into far more detail on next week - but for now, it’s here for your desktop background.

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Photo: Dafydd Wood

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Jellgtr

Original Poster:

2 posts

10 months

Sunday 10th November 2019
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Yup, that’s definitely a semi .......

lotuslover69

153 posts

92 months

Sunday 10th November 2019
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I assume it is considered only a semi because it is still in road trim and not full race trim.

A1VDY

1,229 posts

76 months

Sunday 10th November 2019
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£168k for a recreation with few original parts when an original std E type would sell for much less..

Weekendrebuild

750 posts

12 months

Sunday 10th November 2019
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Driven an original twice really wanted to love it but Jesus i found it awful. Terrible brakes couldn’t corner to save its life was like driving an old speed boat laugh did look lovely tho !

WJNB

2,164 posts

110 months

Sunday 10th November 2019
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Weekendrebuild said:
Driven an original twice really wanted to love it but Jesus i found it awful. Terrible brakes couldn’t corner to save its life was like driving an old speed boat laugh did look lovely tho !
Never was the saying 'Don't meet your heroes'' was so true.
Lusted after an E from the day they were launched.
Eventually got to drive a well restored one about 5 years ago. Did about 30 miles on mixed roads & that was more than enough.
Horrible driving position with a too big a steering wheel. Awkward indicator stalk. Clunky gearbox. Huge nose so judging how not to thump the car ahead in a queue tiresome. A pain to get in & out of. It went Ok enough given its age. A worry to own with so much unreliability & dripping oil everywhere. Pretty to look at & a perfect pose but nothing else so no thanks.

foggy

896 posts

231 months

Sunday 10th November 2019
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I couldn’t care less for a standard E type, they just look all wrong to me with the skinny tyres tucked too far inboard under the arches, wobbly old bus.

But in race spec, hunkered down with a fatter wheel and tyre combo pushed outwards filling the arches, I find them stunning!

rockin

7,214 posts

194 months

Sunday 10th November 2019
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Weekendrebuild said:
Driven an original twice really wanted to love it but Jesus i found it awful. Terrible brakes couldn’t corner to save its life was like driving an old speed boat laugh did look lovely tho !
Nooo! It was so much better in the old days! rofl

(I like modern cars. They go. And they steer. And they stop.)

Turbobanana

1,639 posts

150 months

Monday 11th November 2019
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To those commenting in the "vintage" nature of the drive (at least, of an original E-Type): have you driven anything else to compare it to? That is, anything else dating from the late fifties / early sixties?

I ask because around 15 years ago I was fortunate to get a drive in an Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII from, IIRC, 1958/9. It was wonderful: modern feeling, easy to drive, decent brakes & steering (once we'd freed the brakes: the servo pushrod was a bit too long post-rebuild), quick and comfortable. Easily capable of being driven daily.

I'd just inherited a small amount of money from the death of a relative and, if I scraped together everything I had, I could have just about afforded to buy it as the owner needed to sell urgently. I didn't, of course, and it's done rather well at a couple of auctions since.