Eagle Restores And Modernizes Circa 1960s Jaguar E-Type Speedster


Following up on its well-received 'Eagle E-Type Speedster' from 2009 (pictured), Eagle, a U.K.-based Jaguar E-Type restoration and sales outfit, has a new product to show at the upcoming 2011 Salon Privé Concours d'Elegance, which gets underway in London on June 22. Called the E-Type Speedster Lightweight, Eagle bills its new Jag as the "world's most exclusive hand built car."

It has restored the classic roadster and updated it with modern performance and equipment.

Eagle's team got its hands on pretty much every piece of the E-Type, tweaking it, retuning it or reworking it to improve performance and decrease weight. Thanks to its efforts, the "Lightweight" weighs just over 2,200 pounds--some 400 lbs. lighter than the 2009 Eagle E-Type Speedster, giving it a power-to-weight ratio comparable to the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo.

Meanwhile, it looks the part of the classic E-Type from the 1960s. The car also retains the original 4.7-liter fuel-injected six-cylinder engine and aluminum drivetrain, which will deliver up to 310 horses and 340 lb-ft of torque.

Eagle lists the 0-60 mph time at "under 5 seconds."

Eagle's founder Henry Pearman said of the Speedster Lightweight in a statement: "The elements in this remarkable alchemy are an original Jaguar E-Type, thirty years of dedicated experience, and the absolute cream of our widely acclaimed engineering developments and upgrades."

The Salon Privé Concours d'Elegance runs from June 22 to June 24 in Syon Park, London.

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