As the Jaguar E-Type celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2011, Eagle – the British car restoration specialist that almost exclusively dedicates it efforts on the Jaguar E-Type has thought of the perfect way to celebrate the occasion with the debut of the one of a kind Eagle Speedster. A roadster model, the Eagle Speedster will be a perfect admix of the beauty of the classic E-Type accompanied by the company’s technical craftsmanship and expertise.
U.S. collector Rick Velaj, who was looking for something “a bit special”, has commissioned the car. When Eagle designer Paul Brace drew the sketch, Velaj was impressed and the rest was a piece of cake. It would drive any sports car fan crazy if they are told that everything on the E-Type Speedster is customized. Exactly like the 1960’s Jaguar E-Type, every detail is designed and custom made, from the unique shape of the all-aluminum body, adapted from an original body by RS Panels, right through to the windshield glass.
Beneath the impressive sculpted body lurks an Eagle custom made 4.7 liter straight six engine mated to a five speed gearbox. The six cylinder engine is rated at 340 lb-ft or 460 Nm which should be enough to make the Speedster to have on offer sports car like performance, more so since the Speedster weighs less than 1,100 kilograms (2,425 lbs). The issue of handling has also been handled well by the Eagle technicians as they fitted an optimized sports suspension and made the wheel track wider.
The Speedster has also been rendered a relatively low profile due to its low floor, while the driver’s seating position is also kept low for a sportier feel. The car’s elegant lines are connected with the cockpit through a “waterfall” console that descends between the two seats and is continued with the center tunnel. The dashboard is exactly as it has been on the E-Type, which will have an aluminum fascia, instrument panel with a classic touch to it along with awesome leather work. The customized aluminum wheels are fitted with three-eared wheel spinners.
The price for this incredible car has not yet been described.