Jaguar restarts pro­duc­tion of D-Type race car

The New Age (Free State) - - BUSINESS -

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.

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