November 16, 2015 14:18 by 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]
September 11, 2015 19:07 by 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]
September 3, 2015 15:26 by 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]
September 2, 2015 11:45 by 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]
June 28, 2015 10:04 by 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 ...
May 31, 2015 11:13 by 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.
May 29, 2015 10:52 by 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]
March 5, 2015 18:07 by 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]
February 9, 2015 14:46 by 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]