Based in rural Sussex, Eagle is known as the worldwide leaders in Jaguar E-Type restoration. And it was this remarkable reputation that brought Dr. Rick Velaj from Connecticut to ask Eagle’s Paul Brace to build him a custom ‘Speedster'. This one-off vehicle marked the beginning of an iconic new line of Eagle Speedsters that paid an homage to the truly extraordinary and unique Jaguar E-Type. The Eagle Speedster retains the aesthetics of the 1960s Jaguar E-Type in terms of finishing and classic detailing. The vehicle was offered with an optimized suspension, an Eagle five-speed gearbox and an Eagle 4.7 liter engine though the latest model is more of a throwback to the technically superior race-optimized Lightweight E-Types built in a limited edition of 12 in 1963.
The Speedster concept’s essence is further refined via the body color metal that extends around the scallops and across the door tops. The masculinity of the adapted bodyshell’s lines are further accentuated via the wider wheel arch and the increased wheels track. To improve handling and to enhance the visual aesthetic, the Speedster’s wheels have been custom designed and given aluminum rim and three-eared spinners.
Like those iconic racecars, the new ‘Lightweight’ version of the Eagle Speedster too boasts of fluted seat fascias, a simple door trim, twin exhaust pipes and other original detail aesthetics of the original Series 1 Jaguar E-Type. The new Speedster comes with hidden ‘A’ posts, wind-down shaped side glass and a raked back and lowered custom-built windscreen.
Via: Auto Evolution