Motor (Australia)

EAGLE LIGHTWEIGH­T GT

PRICE: $1.4 million OUTPUT: 283kW ENGINE: 4.7-litre inline-6

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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.

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