Jaguar restarts production of the D-Type race auto

Jaguar restarts production of the D-Type race auto

Jaguar Classic is re-starting production of the famous D-type race auto in Coventry, 62 years after the last example was built in 1956.

The D-Type follows on from two other authentic recreation projects from Jaguar Classic, both of which also set out to fulfil unfinished production runs.

Following from the road-going XKSS, Jaguar Classic is building 25 brand new D-types to complete the original planned production run of 100 cars. These will be a mixture of "short-nose" (the original version) and later "long-nose" bodywork variants according to customer preference.

The automotive giant has said that a total of 25 will be hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire. "And it's just as spectacular today", Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director Tim Hannig said.

The first prototype model will make its debut at the Salon Rétromobile show in Paris this week.

Jaguar is reviving its legendary D-Type more than six decades after production ceased.

First Jaguar completed the "missing" lightweight E-type production run with six continuation cars. The last racing D-type was built in 1956.

Jaguar Classic announces D-Type continuation

Numerous 25 units available have already been sold, and if trends with previous Jaguar continuation models are to be believed, the remaining units will be gone in no time.

Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director Andy Goss said the continued demand in China is encouraging, however "we are still facing challenges because of tough trading conditions in our key United Kingdom and Europe markets".

Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company's original ambition.

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 XKSS models was hugely satisfying, and an even bigger technical challenge than the six missing Lightweight E-type models", Riches said in a release.

"Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar's Competitions Department intended".

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