Jaguar has announced that it will once again be making cars in Coventry and has confirmed an E-Type revival project at Browns Lane - almost ten years after car manufacturing left the city.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced in May that it would recreate six new E-Types at a secret location in the Midlands. Confirmation has now been received that new workshops to build the vehicles have been opened at Browns lane, the original home to the infamous E-Type. The workshops will also be providing restoration and servicing of other classic Jaguar models.
The new cars are the ‘missing’ six vehicles from the Special E-Type project, originally created in 1963 which had the aim of building 18 cars. Only 12 of the aluminium-bodied Lightweight E-types were built on the project and the six residual chassis numbers were never created, until now.
John Edwards, MD of JLR Special Operations, said: “Special Operations’ remit is to indulge our most discerning and enthusiastic customers’ passion for our cars – including those from our past.
“This is why our Jaguar Heritage division exists, and why the new Lightweight E-Type is such an incredibly exciting project.
“The E-Type is an iconic car, and the Lightweight E-Type the most desirable of all. To be able to complete the intended production run of 18, some 50 years after the last Lightweight was completed, was an opportunity we couldn’t miss.”
Derek Weale, director of Jaguar Heritage Business, said: “Operating from a brand new workshop at Browns Lane – now open for the restoration and servicing of customer cars – the building of six new, meticulously crafted Lightweight E-Type period competition cars by Jaguar Heritage is testament to the unique skills within the team.
"To know those same skills can also be utilised to the benefit of existing classic Jaguar owners means this is a very exciting time for Jaguar Heritage.”