1981 Jaguar D Type Recreation by Realm Engineering
Reg. no. WFW 958
Chassis no. JAALP3CC326934
Engine no. LA 6054-8
The D-type Jaguar first raced at the 1954 Le Mans 24 hours race and narrowly missed out on a win. The sole ambition of the D-type development team after this, was to win Le Mans. It also became a production racing car, where Jaguar built cars to sell to drivers and other teams, following which, they ended up competing against their own cars. Needless to say Jaguar won Le Mans with the D-type. Jaguar\\\'s multiple Le Mans wins in the 1950s - twice with the C-Type and three times with its D-Type 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 sports-racers.
This replica of Jaguar\\\'s D-Type uses a body/chassis kit supplied by Realm Engineering, this being the name of the company that developed the highly acclaimed LR Roadsters RAM replicas of the AC Cobra as well as its own versions of the Jaguar C-Type, D-Type and XKSS. 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 was 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. 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 a full-width windscreen first seen on the works Le Mans cars in 1955. Realm Engineering developed the LR D-type chassis some years ago with design input from Raynard racing, thus enhancing the torsional strength and limiting flex whilst maintaining the lowest possible weight.
This is a very finely presented example that is powered by a reconditioned Jaguar 3.8 unit, coupled to a manual gearbox with overdrive. The condition is very good in all areas and the car is offered with a V5c, a selection of bills and a current MOT.
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