Eagle, based in the United Kingdom, has been working on Jaguar E-Types for 30 years, producing both superbly restored originals and incredible restmods. The Speedster, a no-roof, low-windshield beauty based on a Jaguar E-Type that Jeremy Clarkson famously dubbed “the most beautiful thing I have ever seen,” was produced here. The Spyder GT, Eagle’s newest model, continues the company’s tradition of jaw-dropping elegance.
The Eagle Spyder GT is an updated version of Jaguar‘s E-Type roadster, having new suspension and brakes as well as a more curvaceous appearance. Eagle didn’t offer exact specifications when it announced the Spyder GT, owing to the fact that each one is custom-built to the buyer’s specifications.
The Eagle Spyder GT Restmod: An Overview
Eagle began rebuilding E-Types in 1984. Then it moved on to restomodding, which included tuning the engine, installing better disc brakes, and improving cooling. The Spyder is based on the legendary E-Type roadster, but it has been updated and infused with cutting-edge technology. The Eagle Spyder GT is the closest Singer Porsches have ever come to being competitive. “The Spyder GT is the pinnacle of what we do here at Eagle, and we’re ecstatic to show it off to the rest of the world,” said Henry Pearman, Eagle’s Managing Director.
As a restmod, it costs around $875,000, which is still less than the over $1 million Jaguar was demanding for its E-Type Lightweight continuation vehicles at the time. The Eagle Spyder GT features the roadster’s sleek design, modern suspension, and a throaty twin-cam, 4.7-liter Jaguar XK inline-six engine that produces 330 horsepower and 340 pound-foot of torque. Don’t think for a second that Eagle is overcharging for this. No, the entire car, as well as every single element on it, is a one-of-a-kind creation.
To provide us the most perfect replica of the E-Type roadster, the team in East Sussex handcrafted and fixed it all together. Despite its beginnings as an E-Type in dire need of restoration, the finished project turned out to be a work of art. It doesn’t even resemble the old automobile in appearance. Eagle, in a sense, gave it its own signature. With bigger fenders, a lower floor pan, and custom-built 16-inch wheels, the aluminum body has a lot more curvy lines. The car got lower, wider, and beefier, but not to the point of being flashy or pretentious.
The alterations beneath the surface are only announced by the body. Double-wishbone hardware in the front and lower wishbones in the back are part of the custom suspension setup. The Spyder GT may be a performance thanks to adjustable hlins shocks and anti-roll bars, as well as contemporary compound tires. It’s razor-sharp, tenacious, and quick. After all, sophisticated AP Racing disc brakes bring it to a halt. With its quick five-speed manual transmission, it wouldn’t feel out of place even on the racetrack. This is especially true given its light weight. The Eagle Spyder GT is Lotus light, weighing in at 2,269 pounds.
The Eagle Spyder GT Is Restored With A Potent Powertrain
The Spyder GT is based on Eagle’s current Speedster, but unlike that model, it comes with a soft-top that folds down. The Spyder GT also gets the higher-output engine from the equally stunning Eagle Low Drag GT coupe, which is a twin-cam 4.7-liter Jaguar XK inline-six with 330 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to the aluminum monocoque and other weight-saving measures, the power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission that only has to move 2,269 pounds.
It also has a modern adjustable suspension and a limited slip differential, allowing it to handle and behave like a modern sports car in racing mode (when traction and stability control are disabled). But, best of all, because it started out as a regular E-Type in desperate need of restoration, the finished hand-built car is fully road legal, meaning owners won’t be obliged to keep it solely for track days.
The Spyder GT stays closer to the original Jaguar shape than the Eagle Speedster, whose low-slung bodywork was substantially changed from the original E-Type. The windshield isn’t quite as rakish and low as the Speedster’s, and unlike the Speedster, this variant includes a folding canvas roof. In comparison to the sunny-days-only Speedster, think of it as a magnificent grand tourer.
The Amazing Eagle Performance!
The Eagle Spyder GT would easily exceed even the fastest E-Type in terms of performance. Officially, it will touch 60 mph in less than five seconds on its route to a top speed of 170 mph. Obviously, it’s a difficult decision! A classic E-Type, restored or well-preserved, or this incredible restmod!
The Eagle is much more expensive, but it is uncommon and collectible, and it has proven to be more valuable than the original E-Type. And it won’t sell in the tens of thousands. There aren’t even a hundred. This is a very limited edition vehicle. A piece of art in and of itself, as part of a handcrafted personalized community. Only six units will be able to view the sun. Ever.