Jaguar restarts production of D-Type race car
Jaguar Classic is re-starting production of the iconic Dtype race car in Coventry, 62 years after the last model was built in 1956. The first Jaguar D-type to be assembled by Jaguar Classic, an engineering prototype, will make its world debut at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris this week.
Just 25 new examples of the D-type will be meticulously hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire.
In 1955 Jaguar planned to build 100 D-types. With only 75 completed, Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company’s original ambition by creating 25 all-new, period-correct sports cars.
The D-type, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957, was powered by a six-cylinder XK engine.
Every aspect of the D-type models built for clients from 2018 will be created to original specifications.
The D-type is the third continuation vehicle from Jaguar Classic, complementing the six missing lightweight E-types completed in 2014-15 and the nine XKSSs built in 2017-18.
Each new D-type will be built to the authentic specifications laid down 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.