This year, top Jaguar E-Type specialist Eagle, celebrates three important milestones in its history. The company whose own heritage has developed alongside that of arguably the most famous British sportscar of all time, the Jaguar E-Type, is 35 years old. And the model for which Eagle is most famous, the Eagle E-Type, is a quarter of a century, with the Eagle Speedster, the first of its Special Editions, having been crafted for over a decade.
Born in 1984, perfection has always been the ultimate goal for every single E-Type rebuild commissioned; redefining the concept of restoration, Eagle has in time, created its own legend by developing bespoke E-Types. Infused with a unique attention to detail, cleverly weaving modern upgrades into the fabric of original E-Types, each is built to blend perfectly with its individual owner’s vision.
In the process of restoring, rebuilding and reliving the E-Type dream, in fittingly British rural surroundings and combining tradition with sophisticated technology, the company has also gained and nurtured passionate and knowledgeable clients, whose aspirations are equal to their expectations.
This symbiotic relationship pushed Eagle into further raising the bar, resulting in the first of the Eagle E-Type Special Editions, the Eagle Speedster. Described by Jeremy Clarkson as the most beautiful car he has ever seen, the Speedster is another important milestone in the history of Eagle and celebrates its tenth birthday this year.
Predictably, Goodwood was chosen for the triple celebration. Owners of commissioned Eagle E-types from all over the globe and special guests were invited to a three-day fete of sunshine and a triumph of Eagle display, from Eagle E-Types to Speedsters, Low Drag GTs and the latest variation, the Eagle Spyder GT.
“It had to be Goodwood,” muses Eagle founder and E-Type rally-winner Henry Pearman; “There isn’t another venue to compete with a place which is so steeped in racing and automotive tradition. We very much feel we belong to the heritage of Jaguar and its E-Type, as we carefully handle precious pieces of the marque’s history and bring them back to life. Our customers are part of the same Eagle family, and enjoy a special connection, which was most evident at the anniversary celebrations. Thirty-five years of exclusive achievements were honoured with those who share our commitment and passion.”
With an inspired combination of fine engineering and stunning design, they have evolved and expanded the E-type range for the modern age. Cleverly, they have shown respect for the originals, but pushed the boundaries while avoiding conflict with the heritage.