Rare Jaguar Lightweight E-Type Has Been Spectacularly Reborn

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And it's even better than the original.

Often cited as the most beautiful car ever made, the Jaguar E-Type's design hasn't just stood the test of time, it's gained iconic status. So renowned is the E-Type that even Jaguar couldn't resist bringing the classic to life again with an electric version, although that project has since stalled.

Fortunately, there are other companies with the wherewithal to keep the E-Type flame burning, and none more so than UK Jaguar specialists Eagle. Its latest creation is referred to as the "ultimate road-going evolution of the E-Type", the Eagle Lightweight GT. It's a thoroughly re-engineered version of the 1963 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type, which was a hard-edged and thrilling racer. A mere 12 Lightweight E-Types originally left the factory.

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Although retaining much of what made the original such a stunner and one of Britain's best cars ever, the modernized Lightweight GT has several external enhancements that improve aerodynamics, such as increased rake of the front/rear screens and deeper sills. 16-inch magnesium alloy wheels are fitted which required the arches to be made larger.

Under the hood is a 4.7-liter straight-six engine from Eagle, with modifications including special pistons and a unique crankshaft that improve both responsiveness and reliability. The motor delivers 380 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque, which is more than useful in a car that only weighs 2,242 pounds. Weight has been saved by employing magnesium alloys for components like the gearbox and differential case.

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Eagle even found a way to free up a lot more legroom than in the original by redesigning the floor pan and pedal mountings. Together with the well-trimmed leather cabin and Ohlins adjustable dampers, the sports car is now a comfortable long-distance cruiser. It's challenging to find a modern car without air conditioning, but things were a lot different in 1963; thankfully, the Lightweight GT has this feature fitted.

It may not be able to keep up with a new Jaguar F-Type, but with its gorgeous lines, obsessive attention to detail, and modifications that make it better to drive - without losing any of the original's considerable charm - the Eagle Lightweight GT is a masterpiece.

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