JAGUAR RESTARTS PRODUCTION OF LEGENDARY D-TYPE RACE CAR

7 February 2018

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 to be assembled by Jaguar Classic, an engineering prototype, will make its world debut at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris this week.

  • Jaguar has built its first ‘new’ D-type racing car in more than 60 years
  • 25 cars will be hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire, UK
  • Shortnose and Longnose bodywork derivatives will be created according to client preference
  • First D-type created by Jaguar Classic will be unveiled at Salon Retromobile on 7 February
  • Customer enquiries for Jaguar Classic vehicles should be made using: +44 (0)203 601 1255 or info@classic.jaguar.co.uk

(Ryton-on-Dunsmore, UK – 07 February 2018) 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 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 the six-cylinder XK engine. Every aspect of the D-types built for clients from 2018 will be created to authentic, original specification.

The Jaguar D-type is one of the most iconic and beautiful competition cars of all time, with an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. And it’s just as spectacular today.

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.

Tim Hannig
Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director

JAGUAR RESTARTS PRODUCTION OF LEGENDARY D-TYPE RACE CAR

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. 

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 calipers.

Recreating the nine D-type-derived XKSSs was hugely satisfying, and an even bigger technical challenge than the six missing Lightweight E-types, but lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a head start on the final 25 D-types. Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar’s Competitions Department intended.

Kev Riches
Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager

Notes to Editors

The new Jaguar D-type will make its world debut at Salon Retromobile in Paris on 7 February. Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director Tim Hannig will present the car during a press conference at 11:30 CET on stand K 030 in Pavilion 1. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance to: Charmaine Lewis, clewis11@jaguarlandrover.com

Interview opportunities with Tim Hannig are available by appointment. Email clewis11@jaguarlandrover.com

Jaguar Land Rover Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts worldwide. Our rapidly growing team of highly-skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices at Classic Works in Coventry specialises in outstanding Reborn restorations for both brands, and building exclusive continuation cars, such as the Jaguar Lightweight E-type, XKSS and D-type. All enquiries from prospective Jaguar Land Rover Classic customers should be directed to: info@classic.jaguar.co.uk / +44 (0) 203 601 1255 / www.jaguar.com/about-jaguar/jaguar-classic

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All continuation cars from Jaguar Classic are sold strictly for private road or track use only.