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Jaguar recreate two concept cars for classic car show


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Jaguar recreate two concept cars for classic car show

Famous car manufacturer Jaguar has recreated two concepts cars which will receive their public debut at the London Classic Car Show next year.

The company, which was taken over by multinational automotive business, Tata Motors in 2008, has built a mid-engined XJ13 from 1966 and the 1999 XK180.

And Jaguar plans to put both on display at the London Classic Car Show at the ExCeL exhibition from February 18 to 21.

The XJ13 was a contender for the Le Mans in the Sixties and was powered by a 5.0 V12 engine. At the time, it claimed a UK speed record of 168mph after racing driver David Hobbs thrashed it around the MIRA test track at Nuneaton in Warwickshire. This record stood for 32 years.

Unfortunately, the car was badly damaged when Norman Dewis, who was unhurt, crashed it in a horrific looking accident although it was later rebuilt by Jaguar but with a slightly different body from the 1966 version. Dewis, who was chief test driver and development engineer for the company from 1952 to 1985, is still alive today and is now 95.

But Jaguar claim they will displaying a replica of the original XJ13 at the London Classic Show including its quad-cam V12 engine.

The XK180 was a two-seater roadster and produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar XK120 in 1999. It was inspired by Eric Fintelman who decided to build one himself because he liked it so much, complete with replica glass-fibre body using a XJS chassis.

He teamed up with Dutch company JePe Specials and they produced a perfectly accurate aluminium-bodied XK180 based on the XK8 which the original XK18 was based on with a convertible chassis and 4.0 litre V-8 super-charged engine.

Jaguar aims to offer the exact reproductions for sale to the public. Tickets are already on sale for The London Classic Show and start at £23.

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