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Rebuilding the dream – XJ13

Contact: Neville Swales

Biographical Info

The 1966 Jaguar XJ13 is no more…

Its spirit and identity live on in a Jaguar-built replica constructed from the mortal remains of the original car which suffered a calamitous crash during a demo run in 1971.
A number of changes from the original design were made during the rebuild in 1972/73 differing from the original “pure” design envisaged by the late genius Malcolm Sayer. The engine currently installed in the car also differs in specification from the engine originally installed in 1966. In 2010 the author, Neville Swales, unearthed the ONLY surviving complete engine built to an identical specification to the original quad-cam V12 prototype engine as first installed in the car in 1966.

Neville now finds himself in the position where he can fulfil a long-held ambition of building and hopefully racing an absolutely authentic and accurate “toolroom-copy” of the Jaguar XJ13 prototype Le Mans racer – true to Malcolm Sayer’s original 1966 vision. Hopefully to continue where Jaguar left off and compete against the cars it was designed to compete against – the mighty Ford GT40 and sublime Ferrari P330 amongst others of that era.

You are invited to join Neville in this Blog – your contributions, support and interest will be welcomed.

About the author
Neville is a long-standing Classic Jaguar enthusiast and racer. Having acquired an original quad-cam prototype V12 engine he now finds himself in the position where he can fulfil a long-held ambition of building and hopefully racing an authentic “toolroom-copy” of the Jaguar XJ13 prototype Le Mans racer – true to Malcolm Sayer’s original 1966 vision.
In the 1990′s he was inspired to race Jaguars after reading the autobiography of Duncan Hamilton and his exploits leading up to, during and after the Le Mans of 1953 where he drove the Jaguar Works C-Type to victory with his co-driver Tony Rolt – a tale from “…the days when drivers were fat and tyres were skinny” …
Since then he has owned and raced a succession of classic Jaguars – both in South Africa and England. He is now able to indulge his long-held ambition of building and racing a copy of the stillborn Jaguar XJ13 – a car built for Le Mans but which never actually raced. His aim is to end up with a car that, although road-legal, will be first and foremost a racecar that exactly replicates the 1966 original.

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