Jaguar Classic is re-starting production of the Jaguar D-type race car, 62 years after the last one was built in 1956. Just twenty-five D-type will be hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire.
The Jaguar D-type, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957, was powered by the six-cylinder XK engine. Every aspect of the D-type models built for clients from 2018 will be created to authentic, original specification.
Jaguar Classic experts', with exclusive access to original Jaguar engineering drawings and records, painstakingly worked to ensures each new D-type will be built to the authentic specifications laid down by competitions manager Lofty England and his engineers in the 1950s. D-type clients can choose either 1955-specification Shortnose or 1956-spec Longnose bodywork.
The engineering prototype is the 1956 Longnose specification, identifiable by its extended hood, characteristic tail fin behind the driver's head, wide-angle cylinder head and quick-change brake calipers.