When beauty is not subjective

They dared and succeeded

42w ago

Over the past few months you must have read and watched several videos about the Eagle Lightweight GT. An exquisite thing, Jeremy Clarkson even chose it as his favourite car of the year.

Eagle's most recent perfected E-Type

Eagle's most recent perfected E-Type

But just let me remind you that an even more beautiful thing exists and it was made by the same people.

The Eagle Speedster.

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.

Jeremy Clarkson (2011)

You'd think that messing with an E-Type would land you in jail because according to Enzo Ferrari, yes Mr. Ferrari himself it's "the most beautiful car ever made". However the people at Eagle did the unthinkable and succeeded. They made an E-Type look even more gorgeous. To think the E-Type's looks should be improved is one thing, to actually go through with it is another but to come up with something that really seems like what perfection looks like is truly incredible.

The deeper, lower sills and expanded wheel arches give it some proper muscle. A tiny windscreen which is lower and has greater rake creates a look that exaggerates the extra 'chunkiness' of the Speedster, it's all about the glass to metal ratio. Bigger wheels that are dished, spoked and have triple-pointed spinners fill the bulbous wheel arches but wheel track is also increased for a wider stance. These modifications synergise with the E-Type's classic massive bonnet and long but slim rear overhang to form something that is unlike any other car.

Jeremy Clarkson enjoys an Eagle

Jeremy Clarkson enjoys an Eagle

If I were to have an E-type, for example, it would have to be the Eagle Speedster - I just love that car.

Ian Callum

It's based on a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type which were sold from 1961 to 1968. Instead of the 3.8 or the 4.2-litre straight-six XK engine it has an aluminium 4.7-litre straight-six XK engine which is mated to 5-speed gearbox. And it sounds brilliant.

The Speedster was originally an one-off but it created so much interest that they decided to make more of them. What followed was the Eagle Lightweight Speedster. Like their most recent creation they took inspiration from the 12 aluminium Lightweight E-Types Jaguar built exclusively for racing. It weighs less than 1,000kg so you can imagine that it is no slouch despite being a car from the 60s. A total of six Speedsters were made.

Eagle works closely with owners so the cars are completely beskope, interiors all different and attention is paid to the smallest of details.

Even car design genius Ian Callum praised the Speedster and he knows a thing or two about beautiful cars, he designed the first generation Aston Martin Vanquish, DB7 and DB9 as well as the Jaguar XK and F-Type.

Yes it doesn't have a roof and it costs over half a million pounds but just look at it. It's fast, sounds good and its beauty is unparalleled. Considering supercars these days easily reach seven digits the Speedster seems like a bit of a bargain.

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Comments (4)

  • I love the E-Type, and I think they did a great job bringing that unmistakable shape into the twenty-first century.

    On the outside that is. When i got into an E-Type the first time it had the straightforward black dashboard, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is a big disappointment. Unlike the outer shape the dash seems like an afterthought.

    Like they had been gazing in awe at the beautiful shape for months, and then were reminded it needed a dash also. On a Friday night. And it had to be ready for production on Monday. So, there was some plywood, and some foam, and faux black leather, some instruments lying around, and this is the result.

    They have only partly fixed the DYI feel of the dashboard I'm afraid, it should not be like this in a car like that...

      9 months ago
  • This is "OWL226" - a recreation of "49FXN" of Jaguar legend. That shape never gets old!

      9 months ago
  • If I ever become rich then the EAGLE roadster will be at the TOP of my list of car’s that I would just love to buy because it is to me as it is to jezza the most stunning looking roadster PERIOD

      9 months ago
  • This car is prettier than original E-type. Probably better built and more reliable. Wow, look at the cabin, toggle switches, dash mounted ignition key, naturally aspirated engine fed through something called carburetor and 5-speed manual to rear wheels! What a novel idea. I am not surprised it's Jeremy Clarkson's

    Car of the Year!

      9 months ago