The world never got a Beatles reunion, but the next best thing might be the return of the Jaguar XKE or E-Type, often cited as the most beautiful sports car of all time. That is going to happen.
Jaguar announced last week that it will complete a project started in 1963 by manufacturing at its plant in Castle Bromwich, England, six all-new XKEs with lightweight aluminum bodies. Here's the story: In 1963, Jaguar planned to build 18 lightweight E-Types for racing. Just 12 were completed.
The six remaining chassis numbers were set aside and never used. Now they will be.
The six new cars will be exact duplicates of the original 12, right down to the 3.8-liter inline six-cylinder engines and four-speed gearboxes. The cars, under construction now by Jaguar craftsmen, will be sold, but no prices have been announced.
A source close to the project says the plan is to debut the "new" XKE in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance in California. This is the first time Jaguar has reproduced one of its classics.