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1963 Semi Lightweight E-Type ‘LWR001’ by LWR
- ‘Immensely significant’ - Jaguar World
- The first of the LWR E-Types
- Concours condition with 4,000 miles from new
Conceived as an eminently useable 315 bhp road/race version of the original Semi Lightweight, ‘LWR001’ was the first car built by highly-respected company LWR, founded by E-Type gurus Paul Webb and Mile Harris. Incorporating the skills of the very best people, with engine and gearbox by Jaguar legends George Hodge and Alan George, who worked for Brown Lane in period, and body by RS Panels, it met with critical acclaim when launched in 1989. Then described as ‘gloriously evocative’ by Paul Skilleter in Jaguar Quarterly it was more recently the subject a five-page feature in Jaguar World, in which Jim Patten described it as ‘immensely significant’. 'The LWR E-Type was one of the first lightweight E-Type evocations and remains one the best. This car has hardly turned a wheel since its completion in 1988…'
Since that time this superb example has covered just 4,000 miles and is in concours condition and has been a regular feature at Salon Privee. “Is there another George Hodge engine in existence with such little use?” asks Jim Patten.
Meanwhile the attention to detail is remarkable, from technical specification to the chassis number which is only 11 removed from those of the original Semi Lightweights, and it also sports a proper Coventry ‘Works' registration number. Unrepeatable and ‘immensely significant’ as Jaguar World confirms.