Inside Jaguar: Making a Million Pound Car. Now showing on Netflix

Inside Jaguar: Making a Million Pound Car.

Inside Jaguar: Making a Million Pound Car.  Image courtesy Arrow Media

The E-type Jaguar (aka Jaguar XKE in North America) is considered by many hardcore auto enthusiasts to be THE most beautiful car ever produced.  Period.

While that may be debatable, there’s no arguing the E-type is a beautiful sportscar, one that would makes grown men weak-kneed when viewed in the metal.

In the 1960s, the Jaguary factory built a small run of 12 “Lightweights” specifically for racing.  18 Lightweights were supposed to be built, but the last 6 cars were never manufactured.

Fast forward to 2015, when British TV presenter Mark Evans got permission to take a camera crew behind the scenes to follow Jaguar’s painstaking, hand built production of Lightweight race car No. 13 – the first of a very exclusive (and very expensive) special productions of the the 6 race cars that didn’t get built in the 1960s.

The entire car is hand built, and uses the same materials and technology used in the 1960s.  But because these ultra rare race cars are being built for ultra wealthy car collectors, every detail MUST be perfect.  As an example, one Jaguar craftsman says a production line Jaguar might require 20 minutes for painting.  For the Lightweight, the paint will require a full week’s worth of labour.  And he adds that if the new owner crash the car in vintage racing (which is what the car is being built for), a new paint job would likely cost in the order of 40,000 pounds Sterling!

Whether you’re a vintage car enthusiast or simply one who can appreciate the complexities of building a rare race car from scratch, AND you’re a perfectionist, you’ll find this documentary film pure entertainment.

Inside Jaguar:  Making a Million Pound Car.  (Arrow Media, 2015, 47 mins.)  Now showing on Netflix.

2 Comments

  1. rockettequeen says:

    You mean like Jaguar and Land Rover owned by Indian Tata Motors?

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