Perhaps no Jaguar model demands more respect than the legendary D-Type. Specifically engineered to win Le Mans, it was a significant departure from the prior C-Type’s architecture. The D-Type was notable as one of the first monocoque sports racers, as it featured a fabulous aerodynamic body designed by Malcolm Sayer. The model was powered by a development of the C-Type’s carbureted 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine, which was increased to a fuel-injected 3.8 liters in the later cars.

Debuting at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1954, the D-Type finished a narrow 2nd to a 4.9-liter Ferrari V-12, and a year later, it won the race outright with a long-nosed factory body equipped with a revised motor. Jaguar retired from racing after the 1956 season, but the D-Type continued to flourish in private hands, winning Le Mans in 1956 and 1957 for the esteemed Ecurie Ecosse.

Although not necessarily well suited to every type of course, the D-Type proved to be extremely effective on properly surfaced endurance circuits, and it remains one of the most important Le Mans race cars ever built, holding a special place in Coventry lore. The survivors are maintained and treasured by enthusiasts worldwide, who adore their thrilling performance and beautiful, curvaceous lines, and many remain some of the most valuable and desirable Jaguars ever built. They are exercised on both road and track, as well as in any number of vintage rallies and competition.

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By: Edward Jones
Title: RM Sotheby’s Is Auctioning Off the Incredible Scottish Racing Blue 1955 Jaguar D-Type Continuation
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Published Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2020 12:38:36 +0000