Fancy one, well the options Eagle offer a prospective buyer is incredible. Fancy an original Jaguar E-Type? No problem, Eagle will sell you a complete original or a restored Jaguar. Not for you? How about a zero-mile version? If it tickles your fancy then Eagle can build you a version of the E-Type from donor cars, and if that is not exclusive enough they can build a special edition E-Type in either Speedster, Spyder GT or its Low Drag Coupé creation. To build one would take 18 months and 6000 man hours.
In this road test, we took the E-Type Low Drag Coupé for a spin. When the E-Type was launched in 1961 its shape was ineffably beautiful but not exactly shaped for racing. But it was so popular Jaguar didn’t need racing to publicise it.
That didn’t stop Jaguar aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer penning a track-friendly shape designed as much to reduce lift as lower drag, and it didn’t stop privateers racing lightweight E-Types equipped with ‘Low Drag Coupé’ bodywork.
Sadly by then the Ferrari 250 GTO was in its pomp and any dreams of Jaguar returning to its halcyon racing days, the car’s lack of competitiveness soon disabused that notion.
Eagle built the E-Type Low Drag Coupé up around a new chassis with a two inch extension in the wheelbase to provide additional legroom and installed in its nose its own take on the classic Jaguar twin-cam straight-six motor.
Bored but mainly stroked out to 4.7-litres and fitted with fuel injection and an aluminium block, its internals are made by Crosthwaite & Gardner, the same people who build brand new pre-war Auto Unions for Audi.
The gearbox has an Eagle alloy case and Eagle five-speed internals, although the bellhousing at least is Jaguar’s. At the back an aluminium limited-slip differential is fitted.
The suspension is Jaguar's but modified to Eagle’s own specification, featuring an adjustable front anti-roll bar and adjustable Ohlins dampers made specifically for this car and bespoke rates for its torsion bar springs. AP racing provide the ventilated, drilled discs.
Given this level of specification, I was expecting a brutal monster. And that was before I heard of the engine’s 345bhp and an extraordinary kerbweight of just 1038kg, which is probably what an Alfa 4C weighs once you’ve filled it with fluids and a driver but with over 100 extra horsepower.