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Lot 467: 1963/199 Jaguar D-Type Replica by RAM

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

1963/1990 Jaguar D-Type Recreation by RAMRegistration Number YVG 354 Chassis Number 306411BWThe Jaguar D-Type was one of the most beautiful and charismatic sports-racing cars ever made, not to mention one of the most successful. First appearing in 1954, the D-Type featured bodywork of a highly aerodynamic nature, complete with tail-mounted fin for top speed stability, penned by ex-aircraft designer Malcolm Sayer. The centre section of the car was of monocoque construction, similar to that of an aircraft fuselage, whilst power came from the now legendary twin-cam, dry-sump, 3,442cc six (later 3,781cc), which produced some 250bhp at a relatively unstressed 5,570rpm. Top speed was in excess of 170mph, whilst 60mph from standstill could be achieved in a breathtaking 4.7 seconds. Not surprisingly the D-Type dominated the international racing scene from the outset until its demise, by which time just over 70 examples had been built. Today the survivors are highly sought after and still make their presence strongly felt in historic racing. Due to the complex nature of the original construction of a D Type there have not been that many companies offering recreations, and of the models available most have been very expensive or time consuming to recreate.This RAM D-Type replica is of the later D's with a high rear fin and of similar design to the Le Mans 1956/57 models.The car was built in 1990/91 with a 1963 Jaguar 340 as a host vehicle and therefore has an authentic Jaguar log book and period registration number. The engine is a 3.8 litre unit which has been bored. Balanced pistons, special rods, lightened crank/flywheel are all fitted, with the engine balanced with flowed manifolds and exhaust. The engine has 'D' cam covers, manifolds and 45 DCOES and an aluminium pump. Power is fed to the wheels via an E-Type gearbox with the owner informing us it has been built to a very high standard. The interior is finished in green leather and has Hardura trimming as used in 1957. The car comes complete with ownership history dating back to 1977 and has all MoT's since its construction to support the recorded mileage of 3,900 miles. The car has been with the present owner since 1995 and is described as being in good condition all round.Estimate £26,000 - £32,000

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number467
Estimate£25000-£30000
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Year1963
Condition rating0
Registration numberYVG 354
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Chassis number306411BW
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