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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Electric update of Jaguar E-Type goes into production – in pictures

The 1960s two-seater, widely recognised as one of the most beautiful cars ever, is being given a 21st-century makeover

Classic-car ownership usually comes with a side order of environmental angst, but you will now be able to buy an all-electric version of one of the most-feted models of all time: the Jaguar E-Type.

After showcasing its battery-powered E-Type Zero concept last year, the British brand has announced that it will now sell zero-emissions E-Types, using cutting-edge technology from its I-Pace electric SUV.

The E-Types will be restored from originals, tailor-made and converted to electric power, while existing E-Type owners will also be given the (reversible) opportunity to have their car converted to an EV.

Full specifications and prices will be revealed at a later date, Jaguar says, but the concept version had a projected range of about 275 kilometres, with faster acceleration than the original E-Type.

The first deliveries of the zero-emissions E-Type, which was revealed at Monterey Car Week in California, are expected from summer 2020.

In February, Jaguar announced plans to re-start production of the Le Mans-winning D-Type race car, 62 years after the last example was built, with just 25 examples to be manufactured.

It is a bumper time for fans of British classics, with Jaguar Land Rover's Reborn programme also currently restoring models including the Land Rover Series I and original 1970s Range Rovers.

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