Jaguar restarts D-type racer production

  • Jaguar restarts D-type racer production

Jaguar restarts D-type racer production

Jaguar has revealed its third-ever continuation auto, the D-Type.

A storied motorsports history surrounds the D-Type racer, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three straight years from 1955 to 1957.

The first "new" D-type racing vehicle to be produced in over 60 years will be built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire, UK.

Jaguar will build 25 new Classic D-Type roadsters by hand in its Warwickshire, UK workshop.

"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". Jaguar still has all the original D-Type technical specs and documents in its possession, so these cars will be 100-percent like the originals.

He is biased. But it's true that this recreation-which, judging from previous continuations, is likely to cost more than 1 million pounds ($1.4 million)-is a special vehicle.

Now, here's some spicy stuff about the D-Type.

Jaguar restarts D-type racer production

The D-Type is so special because of its rarity, racing wins, and body styling.

Every aspect of the new version will follow authentic, original specifications, including the sleek hood, wide-angle cylinder heads, quick-change brake calipers, and unmistakable tail fin. At the time of its original debut, the vehicle had 250 horsepower and could hit a top speed of 167 miles per hour.

Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today reported a 3 per cent increase in global sales at 49,066 units in January. Jaguar Classic is likely to use the same sort of qualification criteria as it did with the reborn E-type and XKSS, choosing buyers based on their existing classic collections and dedication to the brand.

The continuation D-types will be available in either 1955 "Shortnose" or 1956 "Longnose" specification, to be decided by the individual client's wishes.

Customers can even choose to buy either a 1955-spec shortnose or a 1956-spec longnose version of the auto.

But, does Jaguar need an excuse to make a bunch of new D-Types?