Jaguar has resumed production of their iconic D-TYPE race car, 6 decades after production originally ceased in 1956. However, only 25 of these D-TYPEs will be produced, all of which will be painstakingly constructed by hand in Warwickshire at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works.
Back in 1955, Jaguar intended to build 100 D-TYPEs, however only 75 were completed. Jaguar's original intentions are now being fulfilled with the new 25 completing their original goal of 100. These period-correct sports cars, have a long, prosperous history in racing, after winning Le Mans three times, between 1955 and 1957. The D-TYPE conquered these 24-hour races thanks to its six-cylinder XK engine, which will be present in these authentic productions.
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.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director
Jaguar Classic have produced two continuation cars thus far, with the D-TYPE becoming their third and latest project. Previously, they have built the six missing Lightweight E-TYPES made during 2015-2015 and nine XKSSs that were produced in 2017-2018. The team conducted extremely thorough research, which included digging up original Jaguar engineering drawings, to make sure the 25 new D-TYPEs are built completely to the authentic specifications. Said specifications were from the 1950s and were provided by competitions manager Lofty England and his team of engineers.
Clients who purchase one of these extremely limited D-TYPEs can choose whether they want the 1955-specification Shortnose bodywork, or its sibling: the 1956-specification Longnose bodywork. The key differences seen in the Longnose bodywork are the extended bonnet, characteristic tail fin placed behind the driver's head, a wide-angle cylinder head and quick changing brake callipers.
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