New Aluminium Bodied Lowdrag Recreation


Price: From £225,000*

Lanes Cars re-creation, turn of the key Low-drag which is one of the rarest E Type’s ever made, is built with a new GP handcrafted aluminium Low-drag bodyshell for fast going road use and track day events start at £225,000* dependent of donor E Type used and are available in RHD or LHD in an exterior colour of your choice which includes as standard the following:

  • 1 x Jaguar donor E Type supplied by Lanes Cars.
  • 1 x GP Aluminium bodyshell finished in an exterior colour and race decors of your choice
  • 1 x Complete New set of Steel Engine Frame assembly
  • 2 x New Steel Chassis Legs and associated parts as required
  • 1 x New Bulkhead Steel Top Scuttle Panel
  • Rebuilt 4.2 XKE engine with gas flowed ported head, set of 9.1 pistons, set of lightened con-rods, set of fast cams, aluminium flywheel, high torque starter motor, and triple Webber Carburettors or a modern fuel injection system at additional cost for fast road use and achieving Jaguars original 265bhp for their standard 6 cylinder XKE E Type Engine  (* Race Built 3.8 or 4.2 engines are offered from an additional starting cost of £10,000 plus for clients who really want to compete competitively on track day events with engines capable of producing 305bhp.
  • 1 x 5-speed close-ratio gearbox.
  • 1 x E Type or XJS rear Differential rebuilt to your preferred ratio.
  • 1 x Aluminium long-range 125ltr fuel tank. (Optional Upgrade *Submerged Petrol Tank Fuel Pump)
  • 1 x Set of uprated torsion bars.
  • 1 x Uprated Reaction Plate.
  • 1 x Uprated Brake Servo
  • Fosseway uprated front and rear callipers with vented discs.
  • Fosseway uprated brake servo heat shield
  • 1 x Uprated Lanes Cars designed 6 Branch Sport Exhaust System with shortened cans.
  • Lanes Cars upgraded sports handling kit, including fully adjustable set of platform shock absorbers, 1 x set of solid engine mounts, 1 x Aluminium steering rack, 1 x Set of Solid steering rack mounts and the vehicle’s suspension built using poly bushes throughout.
  • Full Roll Cage by Custom Cages from T45 Material is available by request.
  • 1 x Large Cored Aluminium Radiator with high output electric fan.
  • 1 x Monza Fuel Filler Cap.
  • 1 x Battery cut off switch
  • 1 x Lightweight wiring harness.
  • 2 x 3 Buckle harness seat belts and lightweight racing seats.
  • 1 x Set of Smiths Period set of cockpit dials.
  • 1 x Fire Extinguisher.
  • 1 x Set of D Type styled wheels with 3 eared spinners and Dunlop SP Tyres.
  • Fully Road Tested with a UK – DVLA – IVA Pass Certificate

For further details of our built to order handcrafted aluminium Lightweight Recreations please contact Martin Lane.

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An original Low Drag Coupe is one of the rarest

E Type’s ever made

In 1962 only one car was built to test the concept designed of an E Type Fixed Head Coupe using a lightweight aluminium bodyshell using the same factory E Type press they used for their steel-bodied E Types.

With the windshield being given a more pronounced slope, and the rear hatch being welded shut, and with the exception of the windscreen, all cockpit glass was perspex, using the drive train from their successful winning D Type to create a very competitive race from the word go which produced well in excess of 300bhp.

Another Low-drag Coupe that Peter Lindner, the Main Jaguar distributor for Germany at the time, also had his Lightweight modified by Jaguars competition department to include the low drag roof and rear panels as part of an effort to compete and try to win the GT class at Le Mans.

 Why is an Aluminium Car Body Considered to be Art in Motion?

To claim that things have changed during the last century would be an understatement with mass-production techniques in the manufacturing of cars bodyshells, such as those employed and popularised by Henry Ford in the early 1900s, today Japan leads the way with Nissan Motors being the most productive vehicle manufacturer building a new car in an average of 28.46 labour hours per vehicle, followed by Toyota 29.4 hours & Honda Motor Company 32.51 hours.

The craft of coach-building is as old as the coach itself, and in an automotive context, the term describes the production of a vehicle body by a specialist coach-builder.

By the late 1920s, vehicle design had begun to feature pronounced curves and more complex panels, influenced by and associated with the art-deco style. It was this period that saw the creation of what many regard as the most extravagant and beautiful cars ever made.

However, the labour-intensive process of coach-building was not mutually compatible with the economies of scale yielded by mass production, and the art form soon faded to the point of obscurity as car manufactures automated their mass production jelly mould vehicles of today.

Today several decades later, and coach-building craftsmen – some of who are from second and third-generation coach-building families – hone their skills either on restoring rusty classics to return them to their former glory or recreating from scratch such exotics as early Alfa Romeos, Audi, Bentley, Ferraris, Jaguars, Mercedes Benz & Rolls Royce. With amazing results and all achieved with equipment that is considered primitive in today’s world and is very labour intensive.

In essence, coach building involves the complete crafting of a vehicle’s body — floor-pan, firewall(s), roof, and exterior panels. While all of these require time, skill, and the right tooling to complete, it is the creation of exterior panels around body bucks that are most associated with the art.

 The key tools that coach-builders need and use in their craft are:

  • Wooden Buck to follow a shape & to help correctly fit the aluminium panels before welding everything together.
  • English Wheel is required for compound curves in the repair and manufacture of automotive panels, and require highly skilled labour, to produce different panels required using the same machine.
  • Bead Roller is one of the most important tools in a coachbuilder’s arsenal, allowing for beads or swages to be worked into metal sheets or tubes. A bead roller makes it easy to strengthen sheet-metal parts & work a bead into tube-ends.
  • Shrinker Stretcher operates so as to negate the need for more labour-intensive processes, including relief cuts, heating, and hammer shaping. This allows adding a gentle radius to a metal panel by either shrinking or stretching.
  • Planishing Hammer has a relatively small head with a large contact surface flat, and smooth in profile. Used in conjunction with an array of dollies — which must be chosen to best suit the curvature of the panel being finished — the planishing hammer is an important tool in achieving a smooth surface finish on a panel.
  • Brazing in contrast to standard welding procedures, brazing is used when metal is overlapped or parts need to be joined at as low a temperature as possible.

All these time-honoured served techniques all car manufacturers would have used including Jaguar Cars in the 1950s & 60s are employed in creating these individually handcrafted aluminium E Type, XKSS, Lightweight & Low-drag.

” Handbuilt cars built with soul”

Lanes Cars have been rebuilding & restoring Jaguars E Types since 1993 & can offer clients a choice of Replica Aluminium body Lanes Historic Super Sport, Low-drag Coupe or Lightweight E Types built to your choice of specification. 

We offer all our potential clients the opportunity to visit us by appointment to discuss our preparation program of on our hand-built Replica Le Mans-winning heritage race cars for fast road use, as well as being able to offer a wide choice of proven upgrades to further enhance your enjoyment of driving a tribute to British designed world-beating Jaguar cars of the 1950s & ’60s.

Historically Important Jaguar E Types – Rebuilt by Lanes Cars 


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