• Jul 28, 2009
Eagle E-type Speedster - Click above for high-res image gallery

Oh, joy – another car to add to our never ending bucket list. Your eyes are drooling over the Eagle E-type Speedster. Starting with a plain old Jaguar E-type and a very wealthy client, Jag specialist Eagle shot for the moon and landed in the Sea of Automotive Tranquility. Okay, it's a lousy metaphor, but just look at this beautiful bloody thing! We're out of superlatives, and we haven't even got to the really good stuff. Let's start with the engine. Buried under that gorgeous bonnet is a fully built 4.7-liter straight-six that makes 300 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. Not impressive by 2009 standards until you consider a few facts. First, all that torque shows up at 1,750 rpm. Second, the E-type Speedster weighs just a dumbbell over 2,400 pounds (2,420 to be exact). That's ten pounds more than a brand new Mazda MX-5 Miata, but the Eagle has fully twice the power. As such, zero sixty happens in less than five seconds and the top speed is 175 mph.

Then there's the body. Most noticable at first glance is the chopped windscreen. Look a little harder and you'll notice the "hidden" A-pillars. Both the sills and the floor pan were lowered, which is why the bloke up top looks so teeny. Not only did Eagle extend the track of the rear wheels, but the further flared the body's already unrealistically butch haunches. They even narrowed the license plate opening. Then there's the lusty cockpit where the rear deck extends all the way into the passenger compartment creating a Corvette-like central waterfall. And look at the leather they used! In case you're wondering, the hand brake is concealed under the center panel. Then you got the all-aluminum dash, the spectacular wire-wheels complete with three-spoke spinners – honestly, the goodness of the Eagle E-type Speedster never ends.



[Source: EagleGB via CAR]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is fabulous! The designer/architect of this project is an artist. I've witnessed all sorts of E Type abominations over the last 40 years and this is the first one-off that I would park in my garage. I owned a 69 E Type and they were torque machines of their day. The 4.2 liter engine kept pulling well after 70 mph.
      • 5 Years Ago
      340lb/ft come by just tapping the gas pedal? Awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like that really long dong-car that Peter bought to compensate on that episode of Family Guy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...can I shag it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gorgeous!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, this looks pretty good, I love the design and the interior as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an owner of an original E-type (Just drove it on a 3600 mile road trip last week! http://chuck.goolsbee.org ) I have to spoil it a bit and tell you that bloke IS teeny. Even with a dropped floor pan the average guy will still be looking over the chopped windscreen. I'm only 5'11" and my head pokes about 3"-4" above my stock windscreen depending how much I'm slouching. E-types were built to fit Norman Dewis and people like my 5'7" father.

      I have to agree with others and say that most resto-mods disappoint, but Eagle has done the E-type some justice with this iteration.

      --chuck

      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not awful, but in places it does hint at unholiness. The waterfall, for one, has zilch to do with an update -- it's so American, so "let's cruise" looking that it detracts from other more effective elements. And wire wheels never look right with big donut tires. Overall, I'd give it a B.

      The question is, why can't more of these retro dreamers work harder on discovering a car's DNA? Do what they did with the new Mini -- sketch out what the original would've looked like if it had grown organically over the years. If Eagle had done that, I think they would have realized a car that had gotten smaller along the way -- not larger and beefier. The only thing they did to acknowledge a modern profile was to chop the windscreen -- and that's yet another inadvisable thng to do to virtually any car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really love the fact that oldschool Jags look like penises on wheels. Make me want to buy one right away and drive through a tunnel a la Family Guy. But kidding aside that is a beautiful car with a nice simple layout inside.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll be bold and say - I don't like it. It's proportions look wrong. The chopped windscreen is hideous. I just don't see the point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alex there were 72,515 E-types built between '61 & '74, with an estimated 35,000-55,000 of them remaining, so unlike the C-type (55 cars), D-type (71 cars), XKSS (16 cars), and Lightweight E-type (12 cars), it isn't really a huge impact to the ecosystem/market to chop a handful (which is realistically all that will be made) of E-types to produce these resto-mods. In reality I bet little beyond the donor cars' dataplate and firewall are used to build these anyway, and those are likley pulled from the "too far gone to save" category of remaining cars.

        (data pulled from: http://www.xkedata.com/stats/ )

        --chuck

        • 5 Years Ago
        While I don't dislike it all, I do take issue with chopping up a car like the E-Type. Not only was Malcolm Sayer's design already beautiful, but the car is not exactly commonplace. That is one more classic taken off the road. I realize that we are not talking super rare numbers like a D-Type, but all the same.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Needs ONLY the chrome bumper-ettes, and subtle grille mesh back. It looks bloody fantastic, but almost too much chrome delete.

      Then again, I would use cast or forged wheels, rather than real-wires, on a modern resto-mod like this.

      I would also go with side-draft weber-like individual throttle-body fuel injection, rather than triple SUs.

      But this is bloody fantastic, really.

      Ecurie Ecosse Blue and titanium white chevron-stripe, with dove-grey leather for me, please. :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      175 MPH on 300 HP NOPE.
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