EAGLE LIGHTWEIGHT GT
PRICE: $1.4 million OUTPUT: 283kW ENGINE: 4.7-litre inline-6
AT ALMOST ONE and a half million dollars, you’d hardly call Eagle’s gorgeous lightweight E-type GT a bargain, but allow us to try. Jaguar meant to build 18 cars in period, but managed to bolt together just 12 genuine E-type Lightweights between 1963 and 1964, one of which Bob Jane drove to the top of the Australian GT Championship in 1963. The Aussie tyre mogul’s car sold at Bonham’s 2017 Scottsdale sale for $10 million.
In 2014, Jaguar announced that they would eventually build the remaining six cars using existing and continuing serial numbers, and exacting period construction methods – your brand new 1963 Jag, for a whopping $2.1 million dollars.
Although the Eagle is cheaper, you’re not exactly getting short-changed. It’s an 8000hour process to create an Eagle Lightweight GT, beginning with an original Series 1 E-type. The original steel body is removed, with a hand-formed aluminium fixed-head body fitted in its place. The body’s creation alone requires almost 2500 hours.
The engine is a 4.7-litre alloy block design inspired by the original ‘XK’ mill. A big valve head, and uprated crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods produce a stout 283kW – about 50kW more than a genuine Jaguar Lightweight.
The depth of engineering is stunning, down to magnesiumcast gearbox and diff casings, hub carriers and sump. Not only is the Eagle Lightweight GT cheaper than the genuine article, it’s probably even better, too.