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


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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  • Jellgtr 10 Nov 2019

    Yup, that’s definitely a semi .......

  • lotuslover69 10 Nov 2019

    I assume it is considered only a semi because it is still in road trim and not full race trim.

  • A1VDY 10 Nov 2019

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

  • Weekendrebuild 10 Nov 2019

    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 10 Nov 2019

    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.

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