Australian auction house Mossgreen will offer 'XKD 510' for sale at its Melbourne auction on 14 October
Jaguar D-type XKD 510 has led a dangerous life, and this interesting example will be heading to auction with Mossgreen, in Melbourne, on 14 October. It's estimated to sell for AUS $7m-8m.
The tenth of 54 ‘production’ examples built for private buyers and teams, it left the factory on 24 September 1955 and via Coombs of Guildford it was bought by a Dr Richard Wilkins.
Ferrari-fancier Wilkins off-loaded it 250 miles later to 1953 Le Mans-winner Duncan Hamilton’s racing team. In March 1956 Graham Whitehead took XKD 510 to fifth at the Dakar Grand Prix in Senegal, and in April Hamilton entered it for the Goodwood Easter meeting, Tony Dennis driving.
This ended in disaster, Dennis shifting from top to first at 100mph and somersaulting to his death. Hamilton sold the wreck to Gerald Ashmore, who rebuilt it in a new monocoque, painted it maroon and raced it a lot. Neville Taylor continued in this vein from 1960, the D-type now yellow, then sold it to the Cycle and Carriage Company in Singapore.
‘Fatso’ Yong Nam Kee bought it in 1963, crashed it fatally in the Johor Grand Prix, and it wasn’t until 1967 that the wreckage was shipped to Australia where owner Ian Cummins finished the rebuild in 1981. The tub was reskinned but most other parts are original. In 1982 XKD 510 sold for a record price and has since been campaigned by several high-profile owners in both Australia and the UK.
This D-type’s condition is said to be good, while its history, continuous and not a little spooky, will surely help it achieve its estimate of AUS $7m-8m.