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1976 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering

Sale price: £39,000.00 make an offer
Last update: 19.02.2014

Car location: Weybridge, United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: Jaguar
Model: D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering
Year: 1976
Type: Standard Car
Mileage: 8,200
Transmission: Manual
Drive side: Right-hand drive
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1976 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering for sale

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1976 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering Photo
  • 1976 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering
  • 1976 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering
  • 1976 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering
  • 1976 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering
  • 1976 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering
  • 1976 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ by RAM Engineering

For sale by auction on Saturday 08 March 2014 with Historics at Brooklands. Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit. Weybridge. Surrey. Call 01753 639170
The Jaguar D-Type was a 190mph technical masterpiece and has a
very special place in
motoring history. As a purpose built racing car. its achievements
were outstanding. particularly at Le Mans. To succeed at Le Mans
was to succeed in the world of car sales; first raced there in 1954
achieving 2nd place and then winning three times in a row in 1955. br/>1956 and 1957. the car became an instant classic. Not only was it
designed and built entirely within Jaguar but it utilised early
streamlining to devastating effect. This racing heritage has
created a healthy demand for replicas of these rare and exotic
works sports-racers. But whereas the production Jaguar D-Type was
limited to using the 3. 4-litre version of the XK engine. the
biggest available at the time. replica manufacturers and builders
are afforded the luxury of choosing either of the two larger XK
sizes introduced subsequently; the '3. 8' or '4. 2' which. even when
mildly tuned. are easily capable of exceeding the original's 250bhp
maximum output.

That. however. is the last time the word 'mildly tuned' can
realistically be used in this description. The story begins some 23
years ago when a father and son decided. quite reasonably. that it
would be a good idea to build a car together. Even more
fortunately. the father was not only a professional engineer but
had a scrupulous eye for detail and innovation. The parts were
acquired from LR Roadsters with the 3. 8 litre engine from the donor
car. a 1963 Jaguar Mk. X. with a bespoke space frame chassis. The
engine was then completely stripped and up-rated with new bearings. br/>new lightened and balanced big end. new Cosworth pistons and a
lightened flywheel by VSE which also has straight-port head bronze
valve guides and large inlet/exhaust valves. This was then tested
for power and at 5000rpm was comfortably pushing out 290bhp through
the back wheels. The dyno machine would not accept higher revs but
over 300bhp is thought to be attainable. The carburettors are the
desirable triple Weber DCOE9's with short trumpets with a straight
through stainless-steel exhaust collecting the gasses on the other
side. The four-pot brakes and gearbox are stock XJS items and the
rear differential utilises a 3. 54:1 high performance ratio.

Constructed around a tubular-steel backbone space frame chassis
coated in specialist POR15 weatherproofing. this D-Type features
fibreglass bodywork in the long nose. a long fin with full-width
windscreen first seen on the works Le Mans cars in 1955. while the
wheels are the correct Dunlop steel items with brand new Vredestein
rubber all round. Finished in British Racing Green with tan leather
interior. this authentic looking D-Type replica has covered only
8200 miles since its construction and is supplied with a V5C
registration document. history file as well as an MoT test
certificate valid until March 2015. This immensely powerful D-Type
has comfortably out-performed anything that has dared to draw
up beside it at the traffic lights. as well as being able to
reliably take the owner and his wife to visit Spa. Le Mans and
other more local circuits.

Schwarzenegger in a Dior dress.

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