Property of a deceased's estate Jaguar D-Type 4.5-Litre Replica Registration no. 735 EXW Chassis no. 12700 Engine no. 28200
'This 190mph technical masterpiece, designed, built and prepared totally within Jaguar, was to achieve a hat-trick of spectacular Le Mans victories in the 1950s.' - Paul Skilleter, Jaguar: The Sporting Heritage.
Jaguar's multiple Le Mans wins in the 1950s - twice with the C-Type and three times with its D-Trype successor - as well as numerous victories in the other great classic endurance events, have ensured a continuing healthy demand for replicas of these rare and exotic works sports-racers.
Constructed in 1989/90, this replica of Jaguar's legendary Le Mans-winning D-Type uses an LR Roadsters Ram LM body/chassis kit, Jaguar XK engine and manual/overdrive gearbox. Constructed around a tubular-steel backbone spaceframe chassis, the LR Roadsters D-Type featured steel-braced glassfibre bodywork in the long nose, long fin, passenger-carrying style with full-width windscreen first seen on the works Le Mans cars in 1955. Based almost exclusively on Jaguar running gear, unlike some of its rivals, the Ram LM was described by Kit Cars & Specials magazine as having 'undisputed mechanical integrity,' and reckoned 'one of the most desirable replicas we have yet laid our hands on.' The factory claimed a performance, depending on engine tune, of 0-60mph in approximately 5.9 seconds and a maximum speed in overdrive top approaching 150mph, stunning figures even by today's standards.
'735 EXW' is powered by an XK engine prepared by the Forward Engineering Company Ltd of Meriden, Coventry. Dated November 1989 and addressed to the car's former owner, Mr Paul Blair, the accompanying specification sheet states that the engine would be enlarged to 4.5 litres (93x100mm bore/stroke) incorporating gas-flowed ports, 1⅞" inlet valves, 45DCOE Weber carburettors, WAD camshafts, heavy-duty valve springs, heavy-duty con-rods and a Tuftrided crankshaft, the reciprocating components being balanced to zero. A maximum output of around 300bhp at 5,500rpm was estimated. Delivery was scheduled for around the middle of January 1990.
Paul Blair had bought the D-Type as a rolling chassis in 1989 and there are various invoices relating to its construction on file. The late owner purchased the car from Central Car Sales in 1996 for £16,250. Last taxed in 1996, the D-Type is presented in generally good order and ran and drove well when during a short test drive recently, though it will need re-commissioning following many years in storage. There is no registration document with this Lot.