This Eagle Low Drag GT is the First Example Produced and it Sells Tuesday on Bring a Trailer

May 31, 2024 3 min read
This Eagle Low Drag GT is the First Example Produced and it Sells Tuesday on Bring a Trailer

A Masterpiece Up for Auction.

Next week, automotive enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to bid on a true masterpiece, the Eagle Low Drag GT #1, as it heads to auction on Bring a Trailer. This Jaguar XKE-based coupe, the first Low Drag GT constructed by Sussex-based E-Type specialists Eagle, debuted at the St. James Concours d’Elegance in London in September 2013. It has since been featured in numerous automotive media reviews, including a memorable 2015 Top Gear segment with Jeremy Clarkson.

The Eagle Low Drag GT #1 started its life as a 1968 XKE Series 1.5 2+2 and underwent a complete transformation. The car now features aluminum coachwork finished in Mercury paint, powered by a Crosthwaite & Gardiner-built 4.7L aluminum-block inline-six engine with sequential electronic fuel injection via individual throttle bodies. Enhancing its performance further are an aluminum-case five-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential in an aluminum housing, and a sport-oriented revised suspension with Öhlins adjustable dampers.

In terms of aesthetics, this GT is a showstopper. The hand-formed aluminum body, designed with inspiration from the original low-drag coupe, incorporates modern updates such as lower floors, a wider track, revised door profiles, and a bonded and heated windshield and rear window. The custom Mercury paint, formulated to evoke a polished-aluminum look, adds a unique touch, while the faired-in headlights, satin-finished brightwork, and dual exhaust outlets complete the stunning exterior.

The cabin is equally impressive, trimmed in dark blue leather over high-backed adjustable bucket seats, with matching upholstery on the door panels, sills, console, and rear shelf. The Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel sits ahead of Smiths instrumentation, including a 160-mph speedometer and a 6k-rpm tachometer. The five-digit odometer shows approximately 5,900 miles since the Eagle build.

Powering this automotive art piece is the XK-based 4.7-liter DOHC inline-six engine built by Crosthwaite & Gardiner. The engine includes an aluminum block, forged pistons, a billet crankshaft, competition camshafts, Cosworth valve springs, and more. It’s complemented by a Pectel ECU, stainless-steel exhaust headers, an electric cooling fan, a high-output alternator, and a high-torque starter, among other high-performance features.

This Eagle Low Drag GT also comes with a collection of magazines featuring the car, a tool kit, various spare parts and accessories, and a set of Eagle-branded luggage. It is offered with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate for the donor car and transferrable New York registration.

Don't miss the chance to own a piece of automotive history with this one-of-a-kind Eagle Low Drag GT, a true testament to engineering excellence and timeless design.

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