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Another look at the Eagle Speedster
Meet the Eagle Speedster. It’s
based on the 50-year-old Jaguar E-Type, every single component’s been replaced or upgraded, it makes 340lb ft of torque and looks most
It’s the folly of Rick Velaj, an
American car collector based in Connecticut, who asked UK-based Jaguar
tinkerers, Eagle E-Types, to build him ‘something a bit special.’ Eagle’s
designer, Paul Brace, scribbled an outline, Velaj’s root fizzed and after a few
months the Speedster rolled out of its East Sussex-based workshop.
Despite the familiar outline, the
Speedster’s 100 per cent bespoke. Its all-aluminum body panels have been gently
remolded from original tinware by Nuneaton-based RS Panels, it’s got its own
tailored wraparound windscreen and the floor’s been dropped to create an
Underneath the bodywork there’s a
4.7-litre Jag six-pot, which has also been fettled by Eagle. It churns out
340lb ft of torque, which promises to hustle the Speedster’s 1100kg bulk along
The handling’s been played with too
- it’s got sports suspension and a broadened track thanks to custom-built alloy
knock-off wire wheels.
Inside, there are a few nods to the
original E - dashboard, gauges and switchgear - but the aluminum fascia,
diamond-stitched leather chairs, door cards and arm rest are all custom-made.
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