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The Car Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Drove to Their Wedding Reception Is Going Into Production

The electric-powered model is a big step forward for classic car lovers.
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When Prince Harry swept his new bride off to their wedding reception at Frogmore House this May it set off a flurry of excitement over Meghan's gorgeous Stella McCartney dress, the stunning aquamarine ring from Princess Diana's collection on her finger, and of course, the sleek 007-esque steel-blue Jaguar that carried them off in style. It was an excitement that obviously spoke to carmaker Jaguar Land Rover, since the company has just announced that the very model that Harry and Meghan drove, the E-Type Concept Zero, will be going into full production.

Originally manufactured in 1968, the Jaguar E-Type has the curvaceous, vintage-style body of a classic sports car that Enzo Ferrari once dubbed “the most beautiful car in the world.” The newest iteration of the car will maintain that stylish exterior by converting existing E-Types with a few very modern twists under the hood.

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The new E-Type Concept Zero restoration is fully-reversible, according to the brand's website, and "can be applied to any XK engine powered classic Jaguar built between 1948 and 1992." The major selling point of the conversion will be the zero-emissions electric power source that we first got a glimpse of in the prototype the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed.

It will reportedly house an electric powertrain of similar size to the original gasoline engine and transmission for seamless conversion, which is designed to allow for a driving range of more than 170 miles per 6-7 hour charge. The car, which was introduced to the public at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017, can also reportedly rev from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in just 5.5 seconds, about one second faster than the classic Series 1 E-Type.


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Prince Harry helps Meghan Markle into their E-Type Zero Jaguar.

"We've been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-Type Zero concept," said Tim Hannig, director of the Jaguar Land Rover Classic division said in a statement. "Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic."

There is no pricing information available yet, since the E-Type Zero will be converted from existing cars, making each vehicle unique, but the company expects to see the first restorations hitting the roads in the summer of 2020.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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