The Jaguar D-Type of the 1950s has been revived 60 years after it first went out of production, with the company’s Classic Works division to produce a limited run of the iconic Le Mans racer.
Last built in 1956, the Jaguar D-Type had an original production run of 75 units. It won the Le Mans 24 Hour race three times from 1955 to 1957, and also spawned the XKSS road car – which incidentally was also recently revived in a limited production run.
Originally, Jaguar planned to make 100 D-Types in the 1950s, and now 62 years later, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works is completing the company’s original ambition with a further 25 period-correct sports cars.
The D-Type is powered by a 3.4-litre straight six, which in XKSS form is rated at 195kW (262hp). Clients will be able to choose between the 1955 Shortnose or 1956 Longnose body specifications, too.
“The Jaguar D-type is one of the most iconic and beautiful competition cars of all time, with an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. And it’s just as spectacular today,” said Tim Hanning, director of JLR Classic.
“The opportunity to continue the D-type’s success story, by completing its planned production run in Coventry, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects that our world-class experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are proud to fulfil.”
It’s the third continuation project to be undertaken by JLR Classic, following the six “missing” Lightweight E-Types in 2014-15 and the aforementioned nine “lost” XKSS vehicles produced from 2017-18.
Pictured is the first D-Type produced by JLR Classic, an engineering prototype in 1956 Longnose spec, distinguished by its extended bonnet, tail fin behind the driver’s head, wide-angle cylinder head and quick-change brake calipers.
There’s no word on how much these D-Types will cost, though we’d expect them to fetch around the £1 million+ ($1.77m+) all nine customers of the revived XKSS paid.
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