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Car is ready for paint

clock November 16, 2015 14:18 by author Neville |
Perhaps a good time to reflect back 50 years ago to early 1965 when Bob Blake had already made a start on the original's monocoque. At the time, it was believed that it was still possible to have the car up and running in time for Le Mans – time was very, very tight but the skilled team workin... [More]

Rivet Detail ...

clock September 11, 2015 19:07 by author Neville |
Any differences between the rivet detail on my recreation and Jaguar's rebuilt original are completely deliberate! There are many differences between Jaguar's 1966 original car and Jaguar's rebuilt car as it stands today - some fairly obvious and others not as obvious. Rivet details on the front of ... [More]

Recreating Jaguar's Legendary XJ13 - 50 years on ...

clock September 3, 2015 15:26 by author Neville |
Towards the end of 1965, in Jaguar's Competition Department, construction of their XJ13 Le Mans Prototype was underway. In 2015, almost 50 years later, my painstakingly accurate recreation of this legendary car is well in hand ... Video thanks to my good friend of over 40 years, Ian McCann - cast in... [More]

Recreating the XJ13 – Old Technology meets New

clock September 2, 2015 11:45 by author Neville |
Where did Jaguar source components in period?  Although Jaguar were able to raid their “parts bin” for some components of their XJ13 Le Mans Prototype, most of the car’s major items were custom-made. “Off-the-Shelf” components used in period included things such as... [More]

Part 5 in the JCNA Magazine Series - "A 12-Chambered Heart"

clock July 29, 2015 11:27 by author Neville |

Original XJ13 at Goodwood Festival of Speed - June 2015

clock June 28, 2015 10:04 by author Neville |
I was thrilled to hear a mention of my project as Jaguar's one-and-only original XJ13 lined up for a run up the hill yesterday ...

A few assorted images ...

clock May 31, 2015 11:13 by author Neville |
Getting there ... I go off next week to collect the car and take it to have its exhaust fabricated (pictures to follow). In the meantime, the following is an assortment of pictures taken at various stages during the car's build so far.

Gerry Beddoes of Jaguar

clock May 29, 2015 10:52 by author Neville |
I was privileged recently to be in a position to facilitate the reunion of Gerry Beddoes, one of Jaguar's prime architects of Jaguar's legendary quad-cam V12 engine with former ex-Jaguar colleagues Peter Wilson, Frank Philpott and Jim Eastick. For many years after Gerry's retirement, he "fell off th... [More]

"The Gathering"

clock March 5, 2015 18:07 by author Neville |
50 years (almost to the month) after similar events took place in Jaguar's Competition Department, work continues apace on my exact recreation of Jaguar's 1966 XJ13 Le Mans Prototype. GT40s ..... move over!"© 2015 Neville Swales On Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 I was privileged to be joined by member... [More]

Sand Casting XJ13 Bellhousings

clock February 9, 2015 14:46 by author Neville |
Spent a very enjoyable and informative morning watching the first of my XJ13 bellhousings being sand cast. Having decided to produce a limited run of "customer cars" built using the same tools, techniques and the same meticulous level of detail as the first car, I needed to have a batch of bellhousi... [More]