Jaguar d-type build

It wasn’t much south of 1000

The company that did it took care of all documentation. It’s registered in Ontario.


This project is worlds removed from a kit car. Replica, yes, but definitely not a kit.

Looking good, Dino. I look forward to getting a ride in her … in the Spring?


Thanks Nick.

I know Frank meant well.

Replica/tribute are what I prefer that’s for sure. Kit is definitely a sore spot for me.

My lovely wife finally saw a picture of it she said “What’s that? It looks like a furless cat”. Didn’t talk to her for 2 weeks…….

Spring is the plan.

She’ll be riveted up by end of the month. Dec to April to do everything else is pretty realistic. There’s really not too much on these cars the engine and trans are ready and I have all the gauges.


@Nickolas @69E Sorry, yes, “kit car” used too loosely! Definitely more of a replica on this build, as well as others! Was leaning more towards the point of my neighbour saying that anything “replica”, “tribute”, “kit”, etc. could not be road registered in Canada anymore, and yes, I’m not big on the “Kit car” thing either!

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While I realize this is more than a “kit car” I do have to wonder where the lines are drawn between a “kit car”, “replica”, “tribute” and actual “toolroom copy”. I’ve seen many, not all, referred to at least three of these terms that are realistically at the lowest common denominator here, a “kit car” or less, if there is such a thing!

A kit car, by definition, arrives in a bunch of boxes and is assembled either on a purpose made chassis frame or using a donor vehicle, the VW bug being a popular starting point a number of decades ago. Many kit cars didn’t resemble existing production cars though some did try to emulated them, most often very imprecisely. A replica on the other hand aims to emulate an existing design to a much higher level of precision and when a donor vehicle is enlisted it’s usually of the same marque, oftentimes using much of the same drive train or at least closely replicating the drive train of the original using newer generation parts of the same basic design. But there definitely is a question of nuance over the use and application of the word “Replica”, at least with respect to classic Jaguar sportsters. My XK120, for example, sports a copper plaque on the dashboard proclaiming it to be a “REPLICA of the car that achieved 141.51 mph at Jabbeke, Belgium, like this one:

I’ve even had a cruise night lawyer openly challenge that my car isn’t “a real Jaguar” after having read the dash plaque, and after a short conversation walked away unconvinced.


I like the term “Homage”…but in my opinion Dino.s car is an “original”…built to his own requirements…there will not be another that is exactly the same…Steve

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Gorgeous metal work!


We used the fin @PeterCrespin supplied for a buck but we’re missing the little part that attaches to the boot.


Wes really makes it look so simple


Nice! I hope to see the finished product in real life some day! Is that foam that he used, Dino? What kind, I need to make something!

You’ll see it at bcd for sure!!

Yes it’s just spray foam, then shaved it down and shaped metal around. So easy…… not

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Surely all «non-factory» builds run into the same legal issues? Emissions and crash testing comes to mind. A kit built on an existing older car appears the easiest way to legal use.

One of the absolute worst…

Wasn’t sure where to post this for you Wiggs, this was at a local auction last Sunday not sure if it reached reserve.

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Hm… a right hooker 654!

Did not know any were made RHD. The 654 (likely a phaeton) t’werent much of a vessel… but used the same rad. surround and mostly the same front wings as the 851/852.

The electric wipers were not OE on American chassis. It does have the 2-speed Columbia rear axle.