Eagle unveils third modernised Jaguar E-Type
A UK company dedicated to the Jaguar E-Type has completed a trilogy of special editions with the stunning Eagle Spyder GT.
Eagle E-Types, formed in 1984, targets the sales, restoration and re-engineering of the iconic sports car while endeavouring to remain true to its spirit.
The Spyder GT follows on from the Eagle Speedster and the Eagle Low Drag GT. All three versions are restorations built from an original Jaguar E-Type, but include aesthetic and performance enhancements.
Each car is, however, completely bespoke with extensive customer options and Eagle E-Types says the few produced will be the most exclusive hand built cars in the world. With exclusivity, however, comes an exclusive price. Although an official price has not been supplied for the Spyder GT, a guideline can be gained from the company's website which currently lists a Speedster at £650,000 (NZ$1.41 million) and a Low Drag GT at £695,000 (NZ$1.51m).
The Speedster was developed from a client request and feted around the world. It has been the subject of countless magazine features and covers, articles in national newspapers and also starred on Top Gear in 2011 where Jeremy Clarkson said: "I think this, by a long way, is the most beautiful car I have ever seen. It might actually be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen."
The Eagle Low Drag GT - inspired by Malcolm Sayer's exquisite Low Drag Coupe developed for Jaguar in 1961 - followed soon after with more rave reviews including a 2015 Top Gear appearance.
Chris Evans, writing in a national UK newspaper, said the car didn't so much turn heads "as threaten to snap them clean off the necks of their owners".
And now the Spyder GT completes the triology.
It is described as an exotic all-aluminium E-Type lightweight roadster based around an original 1960's classic.
"Development of the Spyder GT began soon after the launch of the Speedster in 2011 and, like everything we produce, we wanted to ensure that we got as close to perfection as humanly possible," Paul Brace, Design Director at Eagle said.
"We're renowned for being perfectionists and our clients are too - so we took the time to develop and deliver an E-Type that stands proud alongside the Speedster and the Low Drag GT."
The first Eagle Spyder GT will be presented to the commissioning customer in mid-2016.