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 fabulously authentic example of Realm’s D-Type has been in current ownership for a number of years, during which it has been restored to a high standard featuring many period-correct details.
The D-Type is powered by Jaguar’s powerful 4.2 litre unit fed by three Weber carburettors, mated to a four speed manual gearbox with fitted overdrive. The engine has enjoyed a strip down and rebuild in 2014, and has been uprated with a Hayward & Scott stainless steel manifold and exhaust system. A sensible modification to keep the motor cool is the fitting of a thermostatically operated Kenlowe fan, whilst another welcome addition is the fitment of period-correct 16” Dunlop-style alloy wheels.
Supplied with a history file including invoices for works completed, and offered with a UK MOT valid to July 2018, this well thought out D-Type is both stunning in detail and excellent in condition.