AUTOMATIC GEARBOX, POWER STEERING, AIR CONDITIONING, ELECTRIC FOLDING ROOF, ABS, ELECTRICALLY OPERATED SEATS AND BOOT LID, REMOVABLE HARD TOP, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, TRIP COMPUTER, CD PLAYER, ALARM, 2 SETS OF KEYS.
Hexagon Classics offer what may be the lowest mileage Beacham 4.2 Supercharged for sale today. The Beacham E-type is destined for the classic enthusiast who requires reliability along with modern technology and all the modern features. Passionate about classic automobiles, Greg Beacham was attracted to the ‘Space, Grace, and Pace’ of the Jaguar cars.
Perhaps no other car from its era is as recognised – and desired – as the Jaguar E-Type roadster (or XKE, as it was known in America). First introduced in 1961 the E-Type was an immediate sensation. It has a unique shape that owes nothing to anything previous – except of course the iconic Le Mans winning D-type racer. It is a mix of traditions with its lovely oval grille, rounded lines, and long nose.
Firstly, it must be said that the Beacham E-type is very rapid transit, travelling from 0-60 mph in around six seconds. Plus, it features superb steering and handling. All because it has been re-engineered from the wheels up and the workmanship is exceptional.
Externally it looks very familiar, the only real giveaways for the sharp-eyed are the contemporary Jaguar mirrors and door handles, the air scoop under the front bumper, and the bigger Jaguar competition tires and chrome wire wheels. (The latter are genuine, and original, Jaguar factory options.) However, it is beneath the skin, and inside the cabin where the most obvious visual changes are to be found. Under the bonnet the Beacham E-type is crammed full of technology: ABS brakes, traction control, anti-dive suspension geometry and more.
Trimmed in supple new leather, the modern seats have all the power controls from the current Jaguar. Included is a full complement of comfort and safety systems: Power-adjustable steering wheel, side mirrors, all with memory function; climate control and electric windows of course, even the SRS/airbag systems, as well as the addition of a power-operated convertible roof. Topped off with a premium sound system and GPS, all is joy set into a bespoke polished wood veneer dash. A new sub frame was devised to house the XKR V8 and front suspension. The integration of the mechanical components must be considered a remarkable engineering feat. Underneath the car is a work of art. The stainless-steel exhaust system, with its cross-balance pipes, is of the highest order and everywhere there are signs of the closest attention to detail. But exchanging modern technology for old is more than fabricating new engine mounts and rerouting exhaust systems.
Combining the electronic demands of modern engines, transmissions and systems such as airbags and ABS with existing electronics is a startling achievement for a small manufacturer. Beacham have put 5 years of hard development behind them to produce the current models. The Beacham E-type pushes that mechanical and electronic envelope all the way to its logical conclusion – a completely new car.
The result is a revelation to drive. Press the throttle pedal and there’s no hint of wheel spin – traction control calms any of that – just a clean, clear blast of raw acceleration.
The previous owner also carried out an extensive list of modifications costing more than £13,000 to the car over and above its already highly impressive specification. These modifications included £2,000 suspension upgrade, a circa £4,000 interior, gas pedal and braking system modification as well as a high-end Hi-Fi system costing in excess of £3,500. This is an exceptional car and is a very rare opportunity.
“What Greg Beacham and his team of experts have achieved at Beacham in New Zealand is nothing short of incredible. The result is an E-type Jaguar that is totally usable daily, it’s an adrenalin pumper and it’s a far better car to drive in every respect than the original.”
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