The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1968 LR Roadsters D-Type by Realm (RAM)

Lot No.: 236

Registration: YMO 291F
Chassis Number: 001C9007251
Engine Number: 7F94098
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4500
Year of Manufacture: 1968
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 50,000 - 60,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

Realm Engineering of Honeybourne in Worcestershire has built up a fine reputation over almost four decades for its RAM recreations. In particular, their Jaguar D-types which benefitted from chassis design input by Reynard Racing resulting in greater strength and ultimately better road-holding. After a three-hour stint behind the wheel of a Realm D-Type, Sir Jack Brabham commented: "That's a damn sight better than the original!" Richard Noble has one of his own, and Sir Stirling Moss OBE said: "You guys have done an excellent job here, you should be proud." Jaguar Quarterly magazine described the car as "impressive" with handling "beyond question" and "a whole bucketload of fun".

This, 'Long-Nose' example, of Jaguar’s  legendary Le Mans winning D-Type features glass fibre bodywork and was built in South Africa by Darryl Simpson, from a kit supplied by LR Roadsters between 1988-90 with remarkable attention to detail. Our vendor purchased this ‘RAM’ in 2001 while racing in South Africa after being impressed with its quality and then brought it back to the UK that year, where it has resided in his significant collection ever since. Having only covered around 1,000 miles in his ownership and reportedly just over 5,000 miles in total since it was built, this car has clearly enjoyed the love and attention it deserves. It's finished in 'Ecurie Ecosse'  Scottish Racing Blue and wears twin white nose stripes similar to the 1956 works D-Type (XKD 603) driven to second place at Le Mans in 1957 by Ron Flockhart and John Lawrence.  Our vendor recently sent the car to one of the countries foremost historic restoration companies, ‘CKL Developments' in Hastings, who rebuilt the 4.5-litre Ron Beatty/ Forward Engineering 300/330bhp engine earlier this year. 

Supplied with a 1968 identity on the UK V5C, a history file with pictures of the build, I.D. documents, and various invoices, this very special RAM ‘Long Nose’ is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner and elegantly pays homage to one of the greatest British sports cars of all time.