Building The Legend Limited was honoured and privileged to have been included as one of eight finalists in this year’s International Historic Motoring Awards with car inspired by Jaguar’s XJ13 Le Mans Prototype – as it first rolled out of the company’s Competition Department and when hopes of a return to the glory days of their 1950s Le Mans domination were firmly in the company’s sights.
It wasn’t to be our night but to be included amongst these iconic and amazing cars was a privilege in itself!
The Awards Ceremony was held in London’s Guildhall; a place which has hosted banquets, ceremonies and celebrations since medieval times.
The Contenders …
Alfa Romeo SZ Zagato
Unique 1960 prototype, half preserved exactly as found, half cleaned and conserved. Its first appearance was at Villa d’Este this year, where it won the preservation prize.
Sir Henry Segrave’s Sunbeam ‘Tiger’
Ninety years to the day since it set a World Land
Speed Record at 125mph, the Tiger returned to Southport Sands for another glorious run.
Touring Disco Volante Spyder
Built in Touring’s 90th year on Alfa Romeo 8C underpinnings, the Spyder has won at both Villa d’Este and the Concours of Elegance this year.
D-type XKD 501
The highly original 1956 Le Mans winner, sold for $21,780,000 by RM Sotheby’s, the highest price ever
paid for a British-built car sold at auction.
Pegaso Z-102 Berlineta ENASA Cúpola
A remarkable one-off, once owned by a Dominican dictator. It was the star of this year’s Amelia Island concours, fresh out of a challenging full restoration.
Ford GT40 P/1043
The winning car of the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours, fully restored to exactly authentic condition – just in time to make a star appearance at the 2016 Le Mans
Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Figoni & Falaschi
Voted as the 2016 ‘Best of the Best’ of six winners of major concours – Style et Luxe, Concours of Elegance, Villa d’Este, Amelia Island, The Quail and Cavallino.
Inspired by the XJ13
This just-completed labour-of-love project uses a
genuine quad-cam engine and was inspired by the
car as originally built in 1966, before its 1971 crash.
We were invited to be present as one of Octane Magazine’s “Star Cars” on the night – joined by Lister’s sublime “Stirling Moss” Limited-Edition and the unusual and strikingly-styled Pegaso Berlinetta.
Lister – Stirling Moss Edition
“In 1957 the Lister-Jaguar Knobbly dominated the circuits of Britain and Europe, most often when drivers Archie Scott-Brown, who won the 1957 British Empire Trophy. Sir Stirling Moss raced them too, winning the sports car race at Silverstone’s British Grand Prix meeting on 19th July 1958.
Today the Lister company is making continuation knobblys, still powered by Jaguar’s 3.8-litre XK engine. The first run has been completed and now Lister brings on the Stirling Moss Edition – a run of ten cars in the same specification and colour-scheme as Sir Stirling;s Silverstone winner. The entire bodyshell is made from magnesium, as are the oil sump, the bellhousing and the differential casing. Each will bear a numbered silver plaque and will be personally handed over to its buyer by Sir Stirling.”
“Did Carozzeria Touring’s Frederico Formenti design this space-age Pegaso? No-one knows for sure, although he was behind a similar Pegaso-based GT, the Z-102. Either way, the Berlinetta is an extraordinary machine with its bright yellow paintwork, avocado cabin, red-wall tyres and bulbous Plexiglass rear window.
Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, president of his republic from 1930 until his 1961 assassination, bought it straight from the 1953 New York Auto Show stand. In the 1970s it was refinished in silver with a red interior, bit the Louwman Museum, which bought the Berlinetta in 2006, had Classic Restorations Holland restore it ot its original condition. On completion, the 2.8-litre, 250bhp, V8-engined supercar won Best of Show at Amelia Island.”
Inspired by the XJ13
In the words of Octane Magazine … “This is the story of a dream made real, that of Neville Swales who wanted his own example of Jaguar’s never-raced endurance prototype. And he wanted it to look as Jaguar’s own example originally looked like when built in 1966. So it has lip-less wheelarches like an E-Type’s, a lower rear deck and fewer, flatter rivets, rather than the factory car’s flared arches acquired during its rebuild after the famous crash at the MIRA test track in 1971.
Neville built it from scratch with painstaking accuracy and a genuine prototype four-camshaft engine, found in Germany and one of only three of the racing V12s built (and
installed in cars).
There are others, but none has been as uncannily accurate as this one.”