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Eagle Speedster is a Beautiful Tribute to the Classic Jaguar E-Type

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Eagle is a British restoration specialist that dedicates its activity exclusively to the Jaguar E-Type. As the iconic sports car celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011, Eagle has thought of a very special way to celebrate the occasion: the one of a kind Eagle Speedster, a roadster models that combines the beauty of the classic E-Type with the company's technical expertise and craftsmanship.

The car was commissioned by U.S. collector Rick Velaj, who wanted something "a bit special". Eagle designer Paul Brace penned a sketch, Velaj loved it and the rest came naturally. Everything on the E-Type Speedster is custom made. Like the 1960's Jaguar E-Type, Eagle's car sports classic finishing, with every detail being designed and customized, from the unique shape of the all-aluminum body, adapted from an original body by RS Panels, right through to the custom made windshield glass.

Under the beautifully sculpted body, Eagle engineers mounted an in-house developed 4.7-liter straight-six engine, matched to a five-speed gearbox. The six-cylinder produces 340 lb-ft (460 Nm) of torque and is expected to offers sports car performance numbers to Speedster which tips the scales at just under 1,100 kilograms (2,425 lbs). Handling was also an aspect that Eagle improved by fitting an optimized sports suspension and by widening the wheel track.

The lowered floor pan gives the Speedster a low profile, while also dropping the driver seating position for a sportier feel. The car's elegant lines connect with the cockpit through a "waterfall" console that descends between the two seats and is continued with the center tunnel. The dashboard is pure E-Type, with an aluminum fascia, classic instrument panel and wraparound leather upholstery. The custom-designed aluminum wheels fitted with three-eared wheel spinners are another example of Eagle's attention to details.

The price for this beauty has not yet been disclosed.

By Dan Mihalascu


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7 Comments:

Anonymous said... »May 27, 2011

Not big on the super-wide interior drivetrain tunnel, but very big on everything else. No doubt, fun as hell to drive.

Anonymous said... »May 27, 2011

would be nice to commission something like this if I'm rich, in the mean time, gotta go back kissing da boss's ass to earn a living. c'est la freaking vie.

Anonymous said... »May 27, 2011

Wow!!! Worth whatever it costs to have in your garage & to drive.A classic,like the original!

Anonymous said... »May 27, 2011

the driver needs the Ferrari helmet to make it a complete classic collection.

Anonymous said... »May 28, 2011

Hey Jaguar, are you paying attention?

Anonymous said... »May 28, 2011

Gorgeous! Simply Gorgeous iteration of a classic...Kudos!

I can remember seeing my first Picture of the new 'E' Type when it was first published in 'Road & Track' magazine. It only slightly prepared me for my encounter with the actual car.
A close friend of mine started collecting these back in the late sixties/early seventies when the used pricing was reasonable.
We spent a lot time cruising for Grrls's and making multiple attempts to hit the magic 150 MPH in a 4.2 ... never happened. Ignition issues along with tire imbalances, always limited the runs to just over 130 MPH. Tires were still 'Bias-ply' back then and the ignition was still 'point' style.

Note; The car is actually much smaller then it appears in pictures.

Anonymous said... »May 30, 2011

Not big on those huge, wheelarch-scratching tires, but I really like the way the Brits actually do honor their motoring icons, quite unlike the Italians.

Anyone up for an Impreza-based reincarnation of the Lancia Flavia HF2000 coupe (my reasoning: both the Flavia - the original one, not the CRY-sler abomination - and the Impreza had boxer engines, plus I have a WRX STi that I really love) with gracious, Pininfarina-inspired styling and Italian styling?

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