Thank you for your kind comments. What a splendid engine to own. I have been thinking for some years of doing a book on the XJ13 - perhaps one day! Norman lives about half an hour from us so we are in roughly the same part of the…"
Hi Philip - as we seem to be almost neighbours I would consider it a privilege if you wanted to come and look at the engine - perhaps adding to your material on the XJ13? I am afraid my thoughts are rather dominated by my project at the moment so my conversation will be rather XJ13-related! As you can imagine, I am very excited at the prospect of creating a no-compromise authentic copy of the prototype and harbour a desire to see it on a track one day - perhaps in the company of the cars it was originally designed to compete against. Time may prove this to be an unattainable dream but I'm not ready to give up just yet!
Hello Phillip - I was thrilled to see your name amongst the members on this website - your books have provided a backdrop to my classic car interests over the years.
I have been fortunate enough to acquire one of the original Jaguar 5.0 litre V12 prototype quad-cam V12 engines. The plan is to house it in an authentic copy of the XJ13 - I am documenting the project on my personal blog http://www.xj13.eu I believe that this is one of only five surviving engines from the original six/seven prototypes.
I am already in touch with Norman Dewis (who only lives a few miles away), Peter Wilson, Paul Skilleter and Jaguar Heritage - amongst others. I hope to piece together the history and story of my engine as the project develops and would appreciate any information you may have. Best Wishes, Neville