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Jaguar reveals the “new” Lightweight E-Type, a time machine to 1963

For all the nostalgia we feel about cars, automakers themselves rarely look back so far. Today’s engineers want to build vehicles of the future; regulations and customers demand the latest in safety and technology, and most flirtations with “retro” designs turn out not just worst than the original but stale upon arrival. All of which makes Jaguar’s announcement that it will build and sell six E-Type coupes — just as they would have left the factory in 1963 — that much more stunning. No automaker has ever built such time machines for public consumption.

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