Jaguar registered the appellation XJ13, and unleash the euphoria of the collectors


The prototype XJ13 in its original state.

The british group Jaguar Land Rover presented just a few days ago a patent application for the name XJ13, the same project name that you used one of their models, most respected, the prototype is not born of competition XJ13 of 1966. What has awakened the enthusiasm of numerous media and above all, to collectors, to the possible use that could give the brand this name.

The main theory put forward up to now is the possible re-edition of the iconic and desired model by the Heritage Division of Jaguar, which presumably would be in a short limited series and as it could not be otherwise, at an astronomical price.

This is based exactly on the latest initiatives of the division of classics of the brand, returning to produce the copies are not made or lost some mythic patterns of the british home, as were the nine Jaguar XKSS 1957, lost in a fire at the factory in Browns Lane, or the last six E-Type Lightweight, that were never built, leaving deserts in the numbers of frame for them.


The prototype in its current state, after the latest restoration.

despite this, according to a spokesperson for Jaguar in the words of the publication also british Coach, by the time they are not planning to recreate the XJ13. According to the same spokesperson, the registration of appellations is a common practice in the big brands, which is true, however, is not common to register the name of a prototype is not marketed nor employee ever out of the internal activities of the company itself, and less precisely the year in which it meets no less than a half-century of its manufacture.

The XJ13 is without a doubt one of the classic models of the firm’s most desirable, despite having been only in a solo experimental prototype, which not only never came to compete, but also had to be entirely rebuilt due to an accident to 225 km/h on a day of filming in the LOOK, years after it was cancelled the project.

What is certain is that it has not been dilated to the project, the prototype began to be built in 1965 and was not tested on the track until 1967, Jaguar would have built at least 25 copies of the model in order both for the International Championship of Constructors. Although it is unknown if Jaguar came to create those numbers of frame, in theory, the XJ13 was developed from scratch, with a new mechanical V12 created ex profeso from two blocks XJ6 6-cylinder and with suspension elements of the E-Type.


Detail of the V12 5.0-liter, formed from two blocks of six cylinders in line.

Currently, Jaguar is manufacturing nine units of the XKSS,
version approved for street carried out with the racks not sold
the D-Type competition
that won at Le Mans between 1955 and 1957. These copies have been put up for sale for a higher price than million
of pounds the piece, and will be delivered from the age of 2017, so it is also likely that Jaguar do not want to
advance future plans in that regard if not to devalue the value or the
interest of the new XKSS.