During the rebuild by Abbey Panels in 1972/73, certain aspects of the car were altered and it lost its "pure" form as originally envisaged by Sayer. One of the more obvious "enhancements" was the addition of flared/widened wheelarches. The XJ13 log records this was done primarily for "cosmetic reasons". There are many differences between the car I wanted to recreate and the car as it stands today.
As my quest to recreate an exact copy of the 1966 XJ13 continued, I came across the story of the man largely responsible for making the original body - Bob Blake. What follows is the story of a man able to translate the designs of people, such as the legendary Malcolm Sayer, into metal. Contemporaries of Bob Blake described him as "An Artist in Metal".
21st May 2016 marked the Centenary of the birth of one of this country's greatest design geniuses - Malcolm Sayer
Digital Art -25 December 2022
A first foray into the world of digital art and the world of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens).
E-TYPE RE-IMAGINED 6.8-litre tera quad-cam V12 - inspired by the Lowdrag Jaguar E-Type. This car has now left us en-route for its new owner in Cape Town, South Africa. Now taking orders for this or similar cars. www.BuildingTheLegend.co.uk
Our XJ13 & E-Type Resto-Mod in convoy on way to Monaco Yacht Show. Loved the sound of our tera V12s in those tunnels!
10 years ago I suggested to our craftsmen they should walk 5 miles a day to refresh their minds and creative abilities. 10 years have passed and I have no idea where the heck they all are?
YOU ARE INVITED - Building The Legend and our Partners Gieves & Hawkes of 1 Savile Row, London would be honoured if you join us at The Savile Row Concours 15/16th June 2022