Jaguar Classic is re-starting production of the iconic D-type race car in Coventry, 62 years after the last example was built in 1956. The first Jaguar D-type race car to be assembled by Jaguar Classic is an engineering prototype which will make its world debut at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris.
Only 25 examples of the Jaguar D-type will be meticulously hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire. In 1955 Jaguar has planned to build 100 D-types but could only manage to make 75 units of it.
Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company’s original ambition by creating the remaining 25 all-new, period-correct sports cars. Every aspect of the D-types built for clients from 2018 will be created to authentic, original specification.
Jaguar Classic experts’ painstaking research, with exclusive access to original Jaguar engineering drawings and records, 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 bonnet, characteristic tail fin behind the driver’s head, wide-angle cylinder head and quick-change brake callipers.
The D-type is the third continuation vehicle from Jaguar Classic, complementing the six missing Lightweight E-types completed in 2014-15 and nine XKSSs built in 2017-18.