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From a Private CollectionJoseph Sedlack, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (acquired in 1995)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2011 (Best of Britain Exhibit)
In October 1962, Jaguar began building a small batch of competition cars inspired by lightweight racing prototypes developed during the late 1950s. Jaguar built 12 of the resulting E-Type Lightweights, featuring aluminum bodies with special hardtops, Dunlop racing wheels, and competition-tuned 3.8-litre engines. All of them were sold to preferred privateers with full factory support, and American automotive legend Briggs Cunningham entered three cars at Le Mans in 1963, finishing 9th overall and 2nd in Class. Particularly dominant on British circuits, where it battled with the mighty Ferrari 250 GTO, the E-Type Lightweight has evolved into one of Jaguar’s most desirable models, offering extreme rarity and breathtaking design.
Chassis 1E10022 began life as a standard E-Type roadster, completed in August 1964 with Carmen Red paint and a Beige interior. In 1995, the Jaguar was purchased from a long-term owner by Joseph Sedlack, an attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who intended to restore the car. Enamored with the Lightweight model, Mr. Sedlack decided to build a re-creation of registration no. 2GXO, the 11th of the 12 E-Type Lightweights.
The build commenced in 1999, with marque expert Steve Helms of Jaguar Restorations stripping and preparing the exterior. New aluminum panels for the bonnet, doors, rear-vented hardtop, bootlid, and rear-quarter panels were ordered from Dunford in England. Mr. Sedlack engaged local metalworkspecialist Barry Parker to shape the coachwork on a rotisserie, as confirmed by numerous photos taken during the two-year process. Lindley Restorations, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, then finished the new coachwork in Opalescent Silver, and final assembly began during 2005.
Mechanically, a new XJ6-based engine was sourced and rebuilt to highperformance specifications by Hyde Villa Machine Shop in Reading, Pennsylvania, including Venolia pistons, Isky racing cams, an aluminum flywheel, and Weber carburetors. The engine build included full balancing and blueprinting, with porting and polishing, while the chassis was equipped with Wilwood brakes, Spax shock absorbers, upgraded suspension components, and stainless steel brake lines. The interior was authentically re-trimmed in racing style, including leather-wrapped aluminum seats, five-point harnesses, and gauges rebuilt by Nisonger Instruments (including a 6,500 rpm tachometer specific to the Lightweight model).
Completed in 2006, the meticulously executed tribute was featured in a 2011 exhibit at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum entitled “Best of Britain.” Offering the aesthetic details and performance of the rare E-Type Lightweight at a fraction of the investment, this exacting re-creation would make a splendid acquisition for any Jaguar enthusiast.