Cimbria, Eagle SS, Mystery Cars, One-offs | Thu, 05 Mar 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
I saw an “interesting” mystery kit car on YouTube that was identified there as a “Lamborghini PMA P400″ replica, which obviously it isn’t, although it does have Lamborghini badges on it. I’d definitely put this in the category of cars that people have put an incredible amount of work into but have sadly produced something with limited aesthetic appeal. As far as I can tell this is built around a base of an Eagle/Cimbria type kit car (you can see the characteristic front and side windows), with a great deal of custom work.
Eagle SS, For Sale | Tue, 01 Jul 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
Yesterday I posted an early version Eagle SS built on a VW Beetle chassis. Turns out Paul and Derek are selling their newer model Eagle SS Mk3 — perhaps the nicest example of an Eagle SS currently on the road, and a TEAC Sportscars demonstrator (the new manufacturer) — I thought it should be added as well. He’s asking only £4,500 — if I was in the UK (he’s in Newtown, Powys) I’d snatch this up in an instant.
His Mk3 was originally built as a turnkey in 1986 by Eagle Cars, around a front-engine Ford Cortina setup with a 2.1L Pinto engine (built by Kabota using machined V6 pistons, steel con rods, lightened and balanced crank, lightened and balanced fly wheel, twin choke Webber, and more)… As I mentioned before, I’m really impressed they managed to create such a sleek car around a front engine setup (the hood is custom to fit the bigger engine). After ten years of use it sat in a garage until 2006, when Paul and his father got it cleaned up, improved, and running again. In addition to the engine work, the car is has redesigned shaped side skirts and a rear tail spoiler, and the vestigial rear engine vents have been removed.
If you’re interested, you can write Paul at email@example.com.
Cimbria, Eagle SS, eBay, For Sale | Mon, 30 Jun 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
In the early eighties Tim Dutton (who now makes amphibious cars) brought the Cimbria kit car to the UK and rebranded it as the “Eagle SS” after making minor cosmetic changes like pop-up lights molded from a Porsche 928. Ironically, this was done to challenge the Nova’s reign as the exotic kit car of choice, and the Cimbria was based on the Sterling, the American version of the Nova! The first versions of the Eagle SS were built on a VW Beetle chassis like the Cimbria and Nova/Sterling, but later versions actually managed a front-engined setup on a Ford Cortina driveline — a remarkable achievement given the car’s extremely low profile!
This Eagle SS on eBay (#280240230047, currently at a scant no-reserve £100 with two days to go — wow) is one of the early VW versions, and while it’s running and relatively solid, needs attention from top to bottom to get it looking good. Be sure to check out the Eagle Owners Club website for more information if you’re interested.