By on February 7, 2018

D-Type Jaguar Classic continuation

Jaguar has announced the D-Type is re-entering production this week, part of a “once-in-a-lifetime project” designed to get 25 examples of the iconic racer back on the streets. While it’s always exciting to see a venerable model resurface after a six-decade absence, this is nothing new for Jaguar. The company did a limited continuation of the E-Type coupe in 2015, the XKSS in 2016, and a singular electric-powered E-Type prototype in 2017.

That means the “new” D-Type is just another entry in Jaguar Classic’s ultra-premium heritage collection. However, this does not mean the continuation cars aren’t any less cool than a penguin perched atop a glacier adjusting his brand-name sunglasses. 

D-Type Jaguar Classic continuation

Jaguar assembled the last D-Type in 1956, and the company claims it’s only fulfilling a half-century-old promise to build 100 examples. While the finned roadster represented the absolute pinnacle of automotive development at the time, it lacked the mass appeal of literally any vehicle that wasn’t purpose-built to dominate at Le Mans.

Jaguar says the 25 new examples only serve to complete its 1955 production run, which stopped at 75 units.

“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,” said director of Jaguar Land Rover Classics Tim Hannig. “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 fulfill.”

D-Type Jaguar Classic continuation

According to the automaker, every single aspect of the new D-Type will follow original specifications. That includes the usage of the XK6 engines that helped the model win the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1955, 1956 and 1957. How much the owners of these cars will actually get to enjoy the sweet-singing six-cylinder is debatable, though. Since most of Jag’s continuation cars cost in excess of $1 million, most buyers will probably keep them in a garage, under a blanket.

Still, that’s a comparative bargain when you consider original D-Types can cost 20 times that. Sotheby’s currently has a 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works listed for $15 million and previously auctioned a 1955 model for nearly $22 million in 2016.

Buyers have the option to choose either the 1955-specification Shortnose or 1956-spec Longnose D-Type bodywork — in case they’re interested in high-speed stability and that iconic fin. Obviously, Jaguar’s first prototype is the more-flamboyant Longnose model. The automaker said the vehicle will make an appearance at the Salon Retromobile in Paris this week. Deliveries begin later this year.

D-Type Jaguar Classic continuation

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]

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10 Comments on “Jaguar Engages in Yet Another ‘Once-in-a-lifetime Project’ With D-Type Roadster Revival...”


  • avatar
    Russycle

    Here’s a shot of the finless short-nose. That would be my pick, if I had a spare million.
    https://assets.hemmings.com/story_image/[email protected]?rev=1

  • avatar

    Like I outlined in a QOTD last year, the D-Type is rarer than it was supposed to be because of a fire at the factory.

    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/01/qotd-if-money-is-no-object-what-brand-are-you-collecting/

    Also, tell me more about the early ’80s XJS back there.

  • avatar
    Gail Bloxham

    Without that torque laden straight six of old… who would care?
    A MPFI and VVT combination would be a work of art with that core engine. But this younger gen couldn’t give a rats ass.
    Why would Jag even bother? There can’t be more than a few hundred potential sales involved unless the original core engine was reintroduced. Fat chance. Slim chance.
    Same thing.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      A few hundred? They’re only building 25. The reason is to generate publicity and interest in the brand, and presumably at $1 million+ a pop they’ll make some money on these.

  • avatar
    spamvw

    If this is the same style Jag that was on Grand Tour a couple of weeks ago it is original all the way. Inline 6. The problem is you can’t drive it on public roads.

  • avatar
    Waterview

    In the words of Jeremy Clarkson, “I wouldn’t care if this car ate my leg”. Simply beautiful and I’m sure the sound is equally as captivating.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    For that kind of money and it doesn’t come with airbags, cupholders, or reversing camera? And no navigation system – how did they ever drive the things from Coventry to LeMans without getting lost? With so many missing features I guess I’ll need to pass on this one.

    • 0 avatar
      wumpus

      The only way one is going from Coventry to LeMans is if the garage holding it happens to be that large. Odds are it will be, although probably not actually containing both locations.

  • avatar
    Advance_92

    When’s Ford going to start offering a ZX2 continuation?

  • avatar

    Still love the look of this car – especially that side shot! Thanks for doing up the article, Matt.

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