Multimillion-dollar race cars with nearly 1,000 horsepower will vie for the crown at 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend. Even 60 years ago, the custom rides designed to compete in the renowned endurance event had more guts than anything you probably have in your garage.
Enter this 1966 Jaguar XJ13. Though technically an exquisitely-made replica built by New Zealand-based bodywork expert Rod Tempero, it boasts a recreation of the original 5.0-liter V12 that produces a whopping 500 horsepower.
As Road and Track notes, the vintage roadster features other era-specific touches including right-hand drive and a stick mounted in the door sill. Tempero thoughtfully added a see-through engine cover, allowing onlookers to view each cylinder and a single-tube roll bar.
And of course, it has that classic Jag bod.
The original XJ13 never passed the prototype phase to race at Le Mans, and the lone example is currently on display at the British Motor Museum. How much Tempero's replica will fetch when hits the RM Sotheby's auction block this August is anyone's guess.
How much would you bid?