In 1963, Jaguar planned to build 18 E-Type Lightweight racing coupes, with aluminum bodies and ripping D-Type racing engines. Only 12 were assembled. 50 years later, Jaguar set out to build the rest. And Road & Track got to slip behind the wheel.

Yes, it’s a million-dollar, hand-built racer. No, Jaguar didn’t update or modernize anything. How does it feel? Let Chris Cantle explain, in words and photos that will set your heart racing.

Robert Sorokanich is the Online News Editor for Road & Track. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo by Chris Cantle