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Autoart Jaguar E-Type Lightweight

When it was launched in 1961, the E-Type took the auto world by storm. Everyone declared it a sexy beast long before Austin Powers came along. Even Enzo Ferrari, never known to heap praise on competitors, called it “the most beautiful car ever made.”

The E-Type Lightweight is another iteration of this famous roadster, a racing version stripped to its shorts to save weight. Autoart’s gorgeous opalescent dark green model in 1/18 scale sets a high bar for detail, and its $220 price tag indicates its preciousness.

The History
Jaguar’s E-Type Lightweight was born of necessity to create a lighter weight racer, but just 12 complete cars, and two extra bodies, were made. E-Types were successful club and SCCA racers, but unlike their predecessors, the Jaguar C-Type and D-Type, never won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Even a base E-Type would do 150 mph and leap from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. The car featured disc brakes, yet its monocoque construction was unique. It used a subframe up front to carry the engine and then that along with the front suspension and bodywork were bolted right to the body’s tub.

Naturally the Lightweight was of similar design, but it was a bigtime user of aluminum alloy for body panels. Most also were open-top racers, with a roll bar built in for safety. The Lightweight’s 3.8-liter engine block was aluminum and cranked 300 horsepower.
The Model
If only we could drive this beautiful green baby and the detail here makes it seem almost possible.

There’s a rear-opening hood with what appear to be leather straps holding it down, but they aren’t connected, just overlap with fake straps on the car’s lower portion. So the hood easily tilts forward to reveal a beautifully detailed engine with six exhaust ports, a battery, various liquid containers, and all the wiring and plumbing you’d expect.

Under the trunk lid is a giant steel gas tank with the gas cap sticking through the vented trunk lid. Down below are long thin chrome dual exhausts too.

Lights front and rear are beautifully executed with black trim around the headlights and the gaping mouth on the nose is ringed in white paint, a nicely detailed mesh piece guarding the radiator. Red and white Jaguar logos are printed on the nose and tail and there are white circles on the hood and doors where a racer’s number could be placed.

In addition to the opening hood and trunk, the doors open here and include chrome-rimmed window frames and a green flap to aid airflow while racing.

The windshield features a chrome center support that holds a mirror and black window frame. Three, yes, three chrome windshield wipers are poised to keep the windscreen clean too.

There’s also a hardtop you can affix to the racer. But it’s easier to see inside without it in place. And the Jag’s cockpit is particularly sharp with two black racing seats equipped with full shoulder and lap belts and clasps. There are tall chrome shift and brake levers and a wood-look steering wheel with chrome three-spoke hub.

The dash is exquisite too with six detailed gauges, a bevy of buttons and red handles to set off the floor-mounted fire extinguisher. Wheels are standard racing fare with spinners while the tires are treaded, but not branded. A stellar effort by Autoart.

Jaguar E-Type Lightweight
Mfg: Autoart
Scale: 1/18
Stock No: 73648
MSRP: $220


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