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From small beginnings in his workshop in Coventry, England, engineer Neville Swales has been quietly creating meticulously engineered cars inspired by Jaguar’s 1966 XJ13 Le Mans Prototype. That car was originally designed to return Jaguar to their glory days at Le Mans and take on the might of Ford and Ferrari. Sadly, Jaguar’s car never turned a wheel in anger.

Neville’s cars take their inspiration from the 1966 Jaguar XJ13 Le Mans Prototype as it first left the Competition Department – as Malcolm Sayer envisaged it – before it was crashed at MIRA and rebuilt in 1972/73. The first completed car was a finalist in the 2016 International Historic Motoring Awards where it stood shoulder-to-shoulder against such icons as the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours winning Ford GT40 and the 1956 Le Mans winning Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type. Neville’s first car has since been joined by a limited number of customer cars built to the same exacting standard.

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The words Jaguar, Jaguar XJ13, XJ13 are used in a historical/descriptive context and in no way suggest our recreations/replicas are approved by Jaguar. It is widely known that there was only ever one Jaguar XJ13 and any others can only ever be replicas, facsimilies, tributes, recreations, toolroom copies or similar.


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These cars are serious “toolroom copies” with fastidious attention to detail.

They are unique recreations making reference to painstakingly-researched and original data. Thise few individuals who participated in the build in 1965/66 as well as those involved in its development have also provided invaluable assistance and guidance.

Contrary to what you might hear, there are no such things as “XJ13 Blueprints” and we are alone in having accumulated a unique set of data allowing us to produce absolutely accurate recreations of the 1966 car. The resultant street-legal cars pay testament to the exacting had-built quality and thought which goes into these recreations.


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Powered by our own unique quad-cam V12 power unit, the type which could have been heard howling down the Mulsanne Straight in 1966 and beyond. The engine is of course normally-aspirated and drivers of these cars will gain the full visceral experience of a howling V12 race-engine inches from the back of their heads.



“Beautifully-engineered, no-compromise hand-made recreations with fastidious attention to detail.”

Building The Legend, XJ13, Neville Swales, Jaguar, LM69, Ecurie Cars
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Now Taking Orders …

Orders for this limited production run will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

A very limited number of these beautiful cars are now offered for sale. These exclusive cars are aimed at the discerning and sophisticated enthusiast who appreciates the beauty of Sayer’s XJ13 as well as the level of care and attention to detail which goes into these exact hand-made recreations.

These are serious, no-compromise hand-made recreations with fastidious attention to detail.

Building The Legend, XJ13, Neville Swales, Jaguar, LM69, Ecurie Cars

These realistically-priced cars offer an appreciating asset and one which will accurately replicate the driving experience of the one-and-only original.

Contact us today to secure one of these stunning cars.

Neville Swales

E-mail neville@buildingthelegend.co.uk

Phone +44791 644 5253


Building The Legend Limited
Marston Hall Lodge
Marston Lane
Marston Jabbett
CV12 9SD