It’s not often that you can say that a recreation is better than the original, but the 1966 Jaguar XJ13 recreation by Tempero is one of those rarities. While many people are aghast at the idea of recreations, there isn’t much choice when it comes to the XJ13. Only one prototype of the car was actually made, making it virtually impossible to pick up an original. Rod Tempero, a bodywork expert out of New Zealand, took up the challenge.
Just like the original, the recreation has a mid-mounted 5.0-litre V12 engine with a 500 plus horsepower output. You can take in the full beauty of that engine thanks to the transparent engine cover. Tempero kept with the original design, mounting the steering wheel on the right side and placing the gear shifter in the door sill. The recreation features an aluminium body and is built on an aluminium monocoque. Tempero also used the same E-type front suspension, which, just like the original, had to be modified.
While the original resides in the Jaguar Museum in Coventry, England, this recreation is currently on sale through RM Sotheby’s. Painstakingly recreated down to the last detail, the car matches the original down to the weight and dimensions. But what’s most exciting about this recreation is that you can actually drive it–not even the original can claim that.