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 including period cockpit dials. Professionally built in 1990 the D-Type was constructed using a 3.8 litre engine with triple weber carburettors, a big valve cylinder head, D type cams and E Type high compression pistons. Mated to the 3.8 Litre motor is a four speed all synchromesh gearbox fitted with overdrive.
The attention to detail with this example is second to none and with just C.1,800 miles since the build and rolling road test the D-Type both runs and drives beautifully and sits proudly on Dunlop style racing wheels. Having been in single family ownership since 1990 and dry stored ever since this is easily one of the best examples we have seen.