Fine Sports Cars is proud to construct a limited sanctioned continuation of five XJ13 competition Jaguars. Each XJ13 car will carry a hand-crafted all-alloy body and twin cam mechanicals as driven on the MIRA test track by Norman Dewis in 1967.
Designed for Competition
Built to contend Le Mans, the XJ13 is a story of a competition car initially prepared to take on Ford and Ferrari, but it never competed in a race. Unfortunately, Jaguar's focus on its road cars in the 1960’s caused the project to be completed too late to successfully race at Le Mans. By 1967, the regulations changed to only allow a three liter capacity and the XJ13 was rendered permanently redundant.
The XJ13's design used all the hallmarks of the 1960's successful race cars. This included a V12 engine in a mid-mounted position, both of which were very new to Jaguar.

The XJ13 was built around a V12 five litre engine engineered by Claude Baily. The design mated two DOHC XK six-cylinder engines to a common crankshaft and aluminum block. It used Lucas mechanical injection to produce 503 bhp.

Aerodynamic Design
The gorgeous body was sculpted by aerodynamist Malcom Sayer who was also responsible for the successful D-Type
and C-Type and the functionality to win Le Mans.

Setting A New Lap Record
Thus, in the hands of Norman Dewis, the XK13 car reached 161 mph down the straight at the MIRA test track and established a new lap record. Since the XK13's engine was a test bed for Jaguar's V12 engine, it was put in hibernation until the production V12 was launched with Series III E-type in 1971.
This meant that the XJ13 became the first car to use the V12 engine which would eventually power Jaguars from 1971 to 1996. The production road cars would have a chain driven SOHC setup.
When finally released to the public and press in 1971, the car was taken back to the MIRA test track for some promotional filming. Unfortunately, while Norman Dewis was traveling 140 mph on some high banking, the Jag lost a wheel and flipped end over end, in a devastating crash. Luckily both Dewis and car survived, as it was remarkably rebuilt two years later instead of going to scrap like so many other race cars of the era.

Two Rebuilds
During the rebuild, Jaguar had two engines to build a working unit with and they decided to put together an original engine but with a burnt/welded piston. This meant the car could drive, but would never reach its full potential. Jaguar kept the refurbished XJ13 in their Heritage Collection and displayed it sporadically at major auto shows. Sometime after 2002, the XJ13 fell off of a high curb – cracking the engine block and destroying the sump.

Afterwards, the bold decision was made to once again rebuild the XJ13 and refurbish the engine to fully working condition. The finished car debuted at the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed where its full roar could be finally heard for the first time in 35 years.

Fine Sports Cars' Engineer, Ashton Marshall
Ashton Marshall, Fine Sports Cars' engineer, has been intimately involved with Jaguars since the late 1950’s. His first Jaguar was a 1949 Mk 4, followed by a rare Z-Type Mk5.

He purchased his D-Type Jaguar (XKD520) in 1957, one of the 4 factory prepared cars sent to Australia to promote the Jaguar brand. The car had completed 2 seasons of hard racing and required a full restoration. On taking delivery of the car, it took him 12 months to complete the body, chassis, and mechanical restoration. The car was then campaigned in local race meets and club events in 1958 and 1959 winning several 1st place trophies. During this time Ashton was in regular contact with the Jaguar factory in England, designing mechanical and aerodynamic improvements for his car.

Over the past 30 years Ashton has been in regular contact with Jaguar executives in both the USA and UK, the Jaguar factory, and various Jaguar clubs.

In a meeting with Edsel Ford, when Ford owned Jaguar, he asked if Edsel could help access some original mechanical drawings to help construct an exact XJ13. Two weeks later a full set of drawings arrived.

Today, with his vast knowledge of the Jaguar competition cars, personal experience building historic Jaguars -including an XJ13, and the set of XJ13 drawings - he is now able to manufacture an XJ13 to the exact specification of the original as it was first tested by Norman Dewis at MIRA in 1967.

Fine Sports Cars will now begin taking orders for the limited edition Norman Dewis Sanctioned XJ13 in 2012.

This is a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to take delivery of an XJ13
- a unique car that was produced in very limited numbers, has a timeless design and historic significance.
Cars will be hand-crafted to original specifications and produced under the eye of Jaguar owner, competition driver, Fine Sports Cars Jaguar expert and engineer, Ashton Marshall.

Rarity Index: 1 prototype car
Estimated Auction Value of an Original Car: $13 million

It is now possible, for a fraction of the cost of an original car, to enjoy driving a legendary sports racing car on the world’s historic race circuits, surrounded by other cars no less mythical. Fine Sports Cars automobiles can be used in competition at selected vintage events, or registered for road use.
If your car is intended for use in vintage racing events, FIA Certification can be arranged on special request. Fine Sports Cars provides enthusiasts and collectors with faithful and accurate renditions of the world's rarest legendary cars.

Please contact us for to discuss the current price of the above car that will meet your requirements.

Fine Sports Cars' Norman Dewis XJ13 documentation includes:
• An original chassis plate and door plate from the donor car
• A numbered brass sanctioned dash plate
• A numbered Sanction Certificate signed by Norman Dewis.
• A numbered door plate detailing the place of origin and the manufacturer
• A signed certificate of authenticity which documents the place of manufacture, the originality of the donor car, and the history of the car model
• A complete list of specifications and parts

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