But look at it. It’s close enough.
In 1966, Jaguar had plans brewing for that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, involving its then-experimental XJ13, a mid-engine racer with almost surreally aesthetic proportions and a 5.0-litre V12.
Thought to be the successor to the legendary racing Jaguars of decades prior, the XJ13 project was unfortunately shelved before the car was track-ready, forever to remain a prototype. Jaguar’s hopes of fielding a winning car were dashed outright, and the factory team ended up skipping the event entirely.
The car, however, is what left the deepest imprint. Although it was never raced much less produced for the road, anyone who saw what Jaguar had in the wings were left all the more saddened at its premature demise.
But what if those tragic twists of fate, such as the alteration of the racing regulations, never happened upon the project and the XJ13 did become a reality both on track and off? That’s a question the LM69 and the company behind it, Ecurie Ecosse, wish to answer.
The Edinburgh-based racing team obviously want their creation to be as faithful to the original prototype as possible, even down to the fitting a custom 60-degree V12 motor in the middle and not encumbering its mechanicals or construction with any technical aid or methods not available prior to 1969.
However, it does benefit from modern tyres and a lighter body thanks to innovations in material science. Unlike the XJ13, there are also some present-day high safety standards, essential to make sure that the LM69 is road legal in addition to being suitable for track use.
The quad-cam V12 features mechanical fuel injectors and distributors along with a composite body structure that houses that tight cabin and possibly one of the most beautiful automotive shapes to have ever been penned.
Only 25 examples of the LM69 will be built, reflecting the 1969 FIA homologation rules that mandate that a certain minimum number of production street cars be produced within a certain period prior to competition.
Buyers can also opt for a larger 7.3-litre version of that same V12 to be fitted in lieu of the more historically accurate 5.0-litre unit. Just as well, modern electronic fuel injection, ignition timing, and engine management can be swapped in over the purely mechanical approach.
There’s no indication as to how much power these motors produce nor are there any performance figures to make mental comparisons with. Those details will probably only be privy to Ecurie Ecosse and their customers.
Figuring just how custom work has to be done to hand-build a car like the LM69, each one will cost an astronomical amount to own. Then again, did you expect a car like this to be anything but?