Possibly the rarest Jaguar, the XJ13 was designed to win the 24-hour race at Le Mans. Powered by a 12-cylinder, dual overhead cam engine, mounted in the rear, with modern brakes and a heightened awareness of aerodynamics, it was well-prepared for an assault at LeSarthe. Penned by renowned aerodynamicist Malcom Sayer (who was also responsible for the Jaguar C-Type, the D-Type and the iconic E-Type), the XJ13 was the product of extensive experience with the design and manufacturing of aircraft during and after the war. With a then little-known David Hobbs driving, the prototype set an unofficial UK closed circuit lap record that stood for 32 years.

"The finest Jaguar that never was." – Andrew Frankel

But with another driver, and worn tires, that only prototype crashed heavily at the MIRA test track in early 1971, and was virtually destroyed. Transported back to the Jaguar factory, it sat, unloved, and forgotten, for years.

The original prototype was eventually restored, but never raced. It is valued at over $7 million.

Now, however, the incredible lines, superb handling and DOHC V12 power can be obtained on a journeyman's salary, with the XJ13 from RCR.

Updated with a fiberglass body (that can be obtained with "rivets" to make it look the original aluminum body), and riding on the signature RCR all-aluminum monocoque chassis and suspension with modern brakes, the XJ13 can even be fitted with a Jaguar V12 engine for the ultimate in originality.

Like all RCR cars, it can be ordered in any standard gelcoat color, and is available with several different wheel patterns. XJ13 cars in progress at the RCR Factory.


If you crave the vintage look- and sound- of a Jaguar XJ13 check out the details below and call to order. The icons have the following meaning:

No Cost Option
Extra Cost Option
Description Standard Deluxe Deluxe Plus
Aluminum Monocoque Chassis Unit
Billet Aluminum Rear Chassis Brace
Engine Mounts Suitable for Jaguar V12
Aluminum Front and Rear Subframes
Left or Right-Hand Drive
DOM Street-Spec. Roll Hoop
Billet Aluminum Front and Rear Suspension Uprights
Billet Aluminum Front Upper and Lower Control Arms
Billet Aluminum Lower Rear Control Arms
DOM Tubular Rear Suspension Radius Rod Links
Performance Tie Rods and Balljoints
QA1/Carrera Custom Aluminum Anodized Coilover Shocks
QA1 Double Adjustable Shocks - 18 Compression & 18 Rebound Adjustments (more info)
Set Coilover Springs
Set Performance Wheel Bearings
Custom Rack and Pinion Steering Unit
Collapsible Steering Column (D-Style)
Sealed Bearing Universal Joint
Splined Quick-Release Steering Wheel Adapter
Vintage-Style Steering Wheel
Six-Piston Front Brake Calipers
Four-Piston Rear Brake Calipers
11.75" x 1.25" Vented Rotors
Custom Aluminum Rotor Hats
Parking/Hand Brake Assembly with Calipers
Stainless Steel Hard Brake Line System Complete with Brake Light Switch
Braided Flex Brake Lines/Hoses (Connects Calipers to Hard Lines)
Pedal Assembly      
Triple Pedal Assembly Including Twin Master Cylinders for Brake System
Clutch Master Cylinder
Halibrand Pin-Drive Wheels 15" x 8" Front, 15" x 10" Rear (more info)
BRM Pin-Drive Wheels 15" x 8" Front, 15" x 10" Rear (more info)
Halibrand Pin-Drive Wheels 17" x 8" Front, 17" x 10" Rear (more info)
BRM Pin-Drive Wheels 17" x 8" Front, 17" x 10" Rear (more info)
Custom Three-Piece Billet XJ13-Style Wheels (more info)
Tri-Wing Spinner and Adapter Package (Mounts 4 Pin-Drive Wheels) (more info)
Nose, Tail, Cockpit, Doors, Bonnet and Trunk
Stainless Steel Body Alignment Pins
Rocker Panels
DOT Glass Windshield
Polycarbonate Headlight Covers
Polycarbonate Side and Rear Windows
Pair Stainless Steel Door Handles
Pair Bear Claw Door Latches
Fuel Filler Cap
Exterior Bullet-Style Chrome Mirrors
Pair Front High Beam Headlight
Pair Front Marker Lights
Pair Rear Tailights
Pair License Plate Marker Lights
Color Coded and Labeled Wiring Harness with Integral Fuse Box and Relays, 12 Circuits
Wiper Motor Assembly
200 MPH GPS-Based Speedometer (more info)
8,000 RPM Tachometer and Sender (more info)
Fuel Level Gauge and Sender (more info)
Voltmeter (more info)
Oil Pressure and Sender (more info)
Coolant Temperature and Sender (more info)
Cooling and Fuel      
Custom Aluminum Radiator 600HP Capable
Pair Electric Cooling Fans
Pair Coolant Tubes
Aluminum Fuel Tank
Cable-operated shifter and cables, with fittings
Drive Axles and CV Joints
Engine/Transaxle Adaptor Plate (Many Options, Call for Details) (more info)
Transaxle (Many Options, Call for Details) (more info)
Pair of Aluminum Period-Style Seat Shells
Dash Panel
Integrated Heater and AC System
Exhaust System
Support Line Contact Info  
Pricing (Prices and Specifications Subject to Change Without Notice) $31,895 $43,995 $51,695


  • Drive: Left-hand and right-hand drive

  • Overall Length: 189"

  • Width: 71"

  • Height: 39"

  • Wheelbase: 95"

  • Weight: 2,400 lbs

  • Weight Distribution: 45% front, 55% rear (typical, depends on drivetrain and other choices)

  • Ground Clearance: 4-5", depending on setup

  • Drivetrain Configuration: Mid engine

  • Fuel Tank Capacity: TBD gallons total

  • Suspension: Similar to original, but CNC billet aluminum uprights, control arms and braces

  • Chassis Construction: All-aluminum monocoque chassis, consisting of sheet and billet parts, completely TIG-welded

  • Body Construction: Hand-laid fiberglass body