Jaguar XJ13 1966 Recreation by Tempero
Chassis No.: 1B 2232 DN
Engine No.: SA 7P 32643
In 1966 Jaguar produced just one example of the iconic and beautiful XJ13. It was an advanced prototype built to bring Jaguar back to the forefront of international sports car racing, specifically Le Mans. In 1971, before ever being raced; the original car crashed during production of a launch film promoting Jaguar's new V12 engine for the Series 3 E-type. That original car was eventually rebuilt and now resides at the Jaguar Museum in Coventry, England.
Since the real XJR13 is virtually impossible to buy, people make replicas. This is one of those replicas. It's coming up for auction via RM Sotheby's in Monterey in August. New Zealand based company Tempero Coach and Motor Co. Ltd recreated 7 complete examples beginning in 1994. Fabricated from the original plans; Tempero went to great lengths to exactly reproduce the lines, methods, qualities and materials of the original construction. The aluminum body was built on an aluminum monocoque as specified. It features the modified E-type front suspension of the original and mirrors the mounting system for the Jaguar V12 engine, including a dry sump lubrication system that is mated to a ZF 5-speed DS5/2 transaxle. The steering wheel is on the right side, and the gear-shifter sits in the door sill. The engine bay is a work of art, with velocity stacks for each cylinder, and a single-tube roll bar positioned above. The engine cover is see-through, meaning everything is fully on display.
Some may look down on replicas because they're not the real thing, but they have a lot of benefits. You get the look, the sound, and a driving experience close to the original for a fraction of the price. And you don't have to worry about damaging a one-of-one piece of history should you take it out for a spin.
RM Sotheby's doesn't currently have much info on the car in its listing, nor does it have a final price estimate. You can bet this Tempero-built car is worth less than the real thing, but it won't be "cheap" by any means.
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