Eagle News & Developments
The Eagle Spyder GT - Press Reaction and Features
We’ve caught glimpses of it before, but this is the first car that’s been built, and it’s the first time it’s been seen on the road. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
This is the latest reborn E-Type from British manufacturer Eagle, called the Spyder GT. And it is nothing short of glorious.
Eagle's third model is based on the Jaguar E-Type and will be made in strictly limited numbers; it costs £834,000 in Britain.
Eagle, makers of astonishing restomod Jaguar E-Types, finally built one with a folding roof. Sell your house, cash in your retirement, and buy one.
It is the word ‘pure’ that underscores the work carried out by Eagle, the Sussex-based company, founded by E-Type enthusiasts in 1984. Its repute is renowned worldwide.
I’ve crawled all over it and, unlike so many of its rivals, the build quality is immaculate. Even the steering wheel is straight, something not all fresh restorations manage.
'There really isn't a bad angle on it, and I say this as someone who isn’t head over heels about the standard E-Type'
The renowned British coach builder adds another model to its lineup.
There was in excess of 100 participants with Team Eagle consisting of our founder Henry Pearman’s own Pirelli Marathon-winning Roadster, the ‘Top Gear’ Eagle Speedster, several cars from our showroom, the recently delivered Low Drag GT No.2 and the just-launched Spyder GT No.1.
We were also delighted to see Gordon and Judith Hamilton in their Eagle Engineered Series 2 Roadster, Marc Gordon in his Engineered S1 Coupe and Ross Brawn in Eagle E-Type No.28 – the ex-Martin Brundle Coupe that he has just acquired from us. Also flying the Eagle flag on the tour were Nick and Katrina Bromfield, John and Eileen Berridge and Alex Stewart. Starting and finishing at Goodwood, the Drive was broken up into 18 civilised and scenic legs around the entire British Coast. Entrants could choose which legs to participate in, with a small and hardy few electing to drive the full distance.
It was the ambition of Philip Porter - E-Type historian, author and long-time friend of Eagle’s - for the event to raise a staggering £50,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, having just recovered from the illness himself.
It is with great delight that we can report that the target has been reached thanks to the philanthropic Ross Brawn who, while on the final leg of the Drive, pledged to make up for any shortfall in the fundraising attempt.
We’re really pleased to announce that some high profile road test are coming up, including Tiff Needell for the Sunday Times and Chris Evans for the Mail on Sunday, Octane, Motor World, EVO magazine and Jaguar World. After that it’s delivery to the commissioning owner!
There was a rapturous reception to the Eagle Spyder GT, not least by the new owner who is obviously very keen to take delivery and start enjoying his E-Type. We're running through our meticulous pre-delivery road testing and shakedown procedures at the moment, but they don't have too long to wait!
Carfection spend some quality time with the Eagle Speedster and revisits the history of the Jaguar E-Type.
Consisting purely of Jaguar E-Types it will be an amazing sight and should surely achieve the goal of its founder, Philip Porter, which is to raise awareness and means for Prostate Cancer UK. There are already high profile drivers and supporters on-board including Ross Brawn, Jeremy Clarkson, Martin Brundle, Brian Johnson, Lord March and Derek Bell who will be flagging us off.
Interesting and notable E-Types already attending include the original and hugely valuable ‘Lindner Nocker’ Low Drag Coupe, the Geneva launch/press coupe; ‘9600 HP’ and our own Speedster and Low Drag GT.
Running from the 1st to the 3rd of September 2016, this is a great opportunity to see our latest creation up close. Discover more about the event here
Our fourth evolution of the Jaguar E-Type, after the Eagle E-Type, the Eagle Speedster and the Eagle Low Drag GT.
With the poise and performance of the Low Drag GT and the exquisite styling of the Speedster, the Spyder GT’s raked windscreen and folding roof offer the best of both worlds – whatever the weather.
Octane Magazine 2016 Calendar
In the third episode of the series, Griff visits the spectacular Scottish Highlands - and the Eagle Low Drag GT helps him get around with a little help from Paul Brace. It features at around the 5 minute mark if you want to get there quickly!
The models Oliver Russell and Jordan Cohayney featured in the shoot for Billionaire magazine and we were pleased to provide Eagle E-Type 31 which was beautifully shot on Pevensey beach by the very talented Nick Thompson.
As well as a stunning driving experience, an Eagle E-Type also makes the ideal accessory for a high end photo shoot it seems. So if you're extremely glamorous, or just have an exquisite taste in automobiles you'll be pleased to hear that this very E-Type is currently for sale.
We're delighted to announce that Eagle won the 'Modern Classics' class at the Cartier 'Style et Luxe' at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
We're particularly pleased as we were up against some very strong competition indeed, including the Singer Porsche 911, Bensport Bentley La Sarthe, the CMC Callum Jaguar Mk2, Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5, Evanta DB4 Barchetta and the Morgan 3-Wheeler.
Judged by luminaries including Sir Jonathan Ive, The Cartier 'Style et Luxe' is possibly the most coveted car design competition in the world.
Not only is this evocative coupe an authentic 16,000-mile example, but it is also a fabulous opportunity for you to select the final specification from our list of options and upgrades. While the matching numbers engine, gearbox and body have already been fully restored, the level of personalisation we can offer is limited only by your imagination. What’s more, with much of the more time-consuming phases already expertly completed, the lead-time for completion has been significantly reduced.
Martin Brundle to Simon Kidston, discussing a trans-European dash in his Eagle e-type
Part of a prestigious Beverly Hills car collection, Speedster No.3 is now available for immediate delivery in 'as new' condition. A star of numerous magazine features and often featured in daily newspapers (due in part to it's high profile owner driving it in Los Angeles) , it is enhanced with the full Eagle SuperSport specification - including the thrilling 4.7 litre engine.
With only four Speedsters built, if represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire what Jeremy Clarkson described thus:
"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."
It can of course be changed to right hand drive if desired.
The latest tip from Bernie Ecclestone, F1 boss and owner of a legendary classic car collection.
The Eagle Low Drag GT featured in a major segment in the new series of Top Gear that was transmitted on Sunday 8th March.
We managed to get some great photographs of 'behind the scenes', which we have added to our news page here.
We've just added three exquisite V12 E-Types to our E-Types for Sale section, including one owned by Jaguar Chairman William Hayden, one with just 8,884 miles from new, and a beautifully restored rare UK right hand drive example.
Perfect for enjoying the coming fine weather in style!
It's difficult to précis this article, so we thought we'd accompany some of James Lipman's extraordinary photography with some of Tom's quotes. You can read the full article in this month's Top Gear Magazine which is available now.
We were delighted by the success of the 1st London Classic Car Show.
It was great to see many of our current clients, and the whole show was stacked with celebrities and us normal folk too, enjoying a wonderful selection of classic marques and some brilliant displays. Martin Brundle was kept busy with questions about his career, and his E-Type, and it was great to welcome some famous names to our stand, including James May.
Next year promises to be even bigger and better, with the floor area increasing by 50% due to demand. It's starting to look like London may have gained it's equivalent of Retromobile or the Essen Techno-Classica. We have booked our stand for 2016 already - so we'll see you there.
Eagle will be strongly featured at the London Classic Car Show that's taking place at Excel in London between the 8th and 11th of January 2015 - with a great selection of E-Types including Martin Brundle's Eagle E-Type.
Martin will be joining us between 5.30 and 7.30pm on the 8th, so if you want to meet a racing legend, here’s a great opportunity!
The Eagle Low Drag GT features in a major segment in the new series of Top Gear that starts on Sunday 8th March. We'll advise when we're sure of the transmission date of the episode it's featured in.
John McLaren commissioned Eagle E-Type No.1 over twenty years ago. He visited us recently in that very first Eagle - enabling a direct comparison between the very first and our latest evolutions - the Eagle Speedster.
Eagle will be strongly featured at the London Classic Car Show that's taking place at EXCEL in London between the 8th and 11th January 2015. We'll be featuring a full selection of E-Types including the Eagle E-Type, the 'one of a kind' Eagle Low Drag GT and a certain Top Gear presenters favourite car - the Eagle Speedster.
The Eagle E-Type (a 1966 4.2 Roadster) will be driving the Grand Avenue, and there will be plenty of fine examples of 'the most beautiful car ever made' you can feast your eyes on - including Martin Brundle's Eagle E-Type.
We'll see you there!
A very complimentary and in-depth feature on Eagle is in Halycon, the inflight magazine of Harrods Aviation. You can read the latest issue with the Eagle feature here.
He took the winning set inside the Hush House jet engine testing hanger at RAF Bentwaters. See behind the scenes shots on our Facebook page.
Presenter Jean-Pierre Gagick and camera man Davide Beaucaire flew over from Paris for two days of shooting - with a beautiful sunny day at Beachy Head to start followed by another day down here at Eagle. For those who don't speak French it's still an interesting look 'behind the scenes' and then there's that engine note...
Congratulations to Marc Gordon and his daughter Rosa who completed the Paris to Madrid Rally that took place between 22-25 May 2014. They drove their 1966 Series 1 4.2 and were kind enough to send us some photos of their latest adventure.
Each Speedster screen is created using custom bonded glass to achieve that beautiful curved profile. When it comes to the fitting we trust our friends at JP Windshields with the precision job.
The last 50 E-Type chassis were earmarked as special Commemorative editions to celebrate the model’s longevity, sales success and cultural impact. Each was identical, made with right-hand drive, with Roadster bodies and finished in a distinctive Black paintwork over Cinnamon leather. Of the 50 Commemoratives this particular example was number 45 and, as such, the sixth to last E-Type ever made.
For us at Eagle it is thoroughly exciting to be able to offer this historically important Commemorative, which is quite possibly the latest example on the open market.
Ben Oliver from CAR Magazine reviews the Low Drag GT and finds "Like a Lamborghini Miura, the joy of driving it comes as much from the knowledge that you're piloting that extraordinary shape through the scenery; you feel like you're performing a public service."
On Thursday 29th May 2014, the charities Aspire and Hope for Tomorrow will be hosting a very special dinner celebrating the Le Mans 24 Hour Race - the most famous endurance race in the world - and the Eagle Speedster will be on display.
Phil Heimlich from the German television channel VOX has been over at Eagle doing a story for the popular Auto Mobil programme. They spent some time filming the workshops and showrooms but predominantly focused on British author John McLaren arriving in his car, Eagle E-Type No.1, and then test driving the Speedster as if he was a potential buyer.
John is a key fixture in the history of Eagle. When he first visited us in 1991, he owned a 'conventionally restored' E-type from elsewhere but was disappointed. He asked if we could restore him an E-Type without compromise - and upgrade it to be more reliable with increased performance. This was Eagle E-Type No.1.
Norihide Tohyama and Maruo Kono are visiting Eagle from Motorhead in Japan. Maruo is the top photographer on this brilliant lifestyle & culture magazine, so we're expecting some great pictures which we'll update here as soon as we can.
Back to Beachy Head with Chris Chilton, the writer and presenter from CAR magazine who travelled down for the upcoming feature on the Low Drag GT. They were not as lucky with the weather as our French friends. We'll update here as soon as the feature is published.
We recently built racing legend and F1 commentator Martin Brundle an S1 4.2 Coupe to his personal specification and finished in Black with Tan leather. The maiden voyage was from the Silverstone Grand Prix to Italy via the Alps!
Until recently the Head of MI5, Sir Jonathan Evans now writes an occasional column on classic cars for The Sunday Times. We recently went down to Brighton for the photoshoot and we'll feature his review soon.
We're delighted to announce that CAR magazine will shortly be running a feature on Eagle and the Low Drag GT.
We'll feature the review in detail here as soon as possible.
The stunning photography of Dean Smith works well with Mr. Catchpole's eloquence in describing the Low Drag GT. The magazine is on the shelves now and we have to say, we're thrilled with the piece. Hopefully you can see it online soon as well.
Speedster No.3 is (carefully) heading off to a new home in the sun, and the ever-reliable Andrew Batt from Silver Transport is handling the delicate task. Our very own Steve Head can be seen carefully loading No.3 ready for the start of an epic journey.
A very enthusiastic review from Andrew Frankel in Autocar reinforces yet again the amazing reaction of the motoring press to the Low Drag GT. You can read the précis here, or even better invest in a copy of Autocar for the full story.
Behind the scenes and across the world!
The Bugatti Veyron has gone, and instead Mr. Cowell has opted for our Lightweight Speedster which we're sending out to the USA for him.
He came down to take a look, and seems rather happy as his recent Tweet attests.
Henry Catchpole winds the Low Drag round the lanes of the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, and waxes rather lyrical about it's qualities.
It's a great film from EVO and very much worth a watch.
Featured in the Channel 4 documentary 'How to Be a Billionaire', Eagle E-Type No. 27 gets plenty of screen time. You can catch up with the programme here.
And you really don't need to be a Billionaire to buy an Eagle E-Type.
Andrew Frankel, Autocar, March 2014
The new site brings together everything about Eagle in one place, and works as well on your mobile phone as it does on your iPad or computer. As ever, it's built by our friends at Oxygen.
Jason Barlow gets behind the wheel and does seem rather impressed with the whole thing. You can read his review and impressions of the Low Drag here.
The assembly of Speedster No.4 is underway - and here's a very brief taster of the colour, which we love. We'll be following the build on the site step by step.
The Daily Telegraph, Chris Evans for the Mail on Sunday, Chris Frankel for Autocar and Charis Whitcombe for Classic Driver...and more! Read the reviews here.
"If I were to have an E-type it would have to be the Eagle Speedster - I just love that car. It’s just how I would have designed it; it taking the E-type Jaguar’s purity to a whole new level".
A glimpse behind the scenes!
As part of the amazing publicity that the Eagle Low Drag GT has generated since the launch, there's been photoshoots happening all over England.
Sometimes the 'snaps' taken during a shoot are just as interesting as the final images used in magazines and websites. Here's a few to give you an insight...
We are delighted to have been invited to both of Chris Evan's Carfest events with our E-Type Speedster, which had a great reception.
We prepare our E-Types to be used - and used for Grand Touring especially. As such we get no greater pleasure than seeing them doing just that.
Phil Garratt and Keiron Brown achieved great success on the Trans America Rally, driving 8500 miles on gravel roads through expansive wilderness.
The Speedster joins some splendid icons on The Mall in London
Only Top Gear could assemble such an incredible array of machinery in front of Buckingham Palace.
We were there with the Eagle Speedster and we got some great 'behind the scenes' images that we think you'll enjoy...
The unveiling of the Low Drag GT took place at the Concours d'Elegance in St. James Park, alongside some rather special automobiles.
See some images from the weekend here.
Our Low Drag GT features on the cover alongside the new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe in this months Top Gear Magazine. See the "behind-the-scenes" snaps from the two days at Dunsfold.
We are pleased to see our earliest E-Type being used for the new set of Royal Mail stamps featuring six definitive British classic cars. It's for sale if you want to drive something immortalised by the Royal Mail.