Jaguar D-Type: The Rebirth

Kronberg, 9. February 2018

Imagine that Mercedes would build spontaneously a few more copies of the 300 SL Gullwing. Excluded? Now, Jaguar is now doing something Similar: 62 years after the construction of the last D-Types in 1956, the classical Department is continuing the production.

The missing 25

However, after the row: Similar to the Mercedes 300 SL, the Jaguar D-Type had its roots in Motorsport. In 1955, the British planned the construction of 100 units, only 75 vehicles were ultimately produced. Some of them were in the 24-hour race in Le Mans, famous for the Jaguar between 1955 and 1957 three times in a row won. Now, Jaguar Land Rover, the Classic completes the originally planned series by the production of 25 historically correct new construction of the D-Type.

Rebirth and sequels

130 employees to take care of close to Coventry in a hall with up to 480 Parking spaces for two business fields. The so-called Reborn restorations. Here original end-of life vehicles are brought to a level that is almost better than new. On the other hand, "Continuation Cars", which are not fully series ended with redraw operations are completed. So it happened already with the Lightweight E-Type (six copies) and the XKSS (nine copies).

Which nose will it be?

Through access to original factory documentation of each of the 25 new Jaguar D-Type conforms to the specifications, which had, at the time, race Manager Lofty England and his Team in mind. Anyone who is keen on a 2018er-D-Type, has the choice between a Shortnose variant according to the type of 1955 or the Longnose model in the 1956-style. In the case of the latter, six-cylinder engine fits under the hood instead of the 3.4-Liter, a 3.8-Liter version. For the road are not admitted to all of the "Continuation Cars", a race track is so helpful. As the price for a new Jaguar D-Type a Million pounds, the equivalent of around 1.4 million euros. That's quite steep, but not nearly as crazy as those sum that reached the 1956-winning car from Le Mans: in 2016, this D-Type for almost 22 million US dollars auctioned.(rh)

by Harry McNamara

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