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.
First Jaguar completed the ‘missing’ lightweight E-type production run with six continuation cars. Then it followed with nine new XKSS models, and – perhaps unsurprisingly – Jaguar has just announced that it will be building 25 brand new D-types, to complete the 100-strong production run originally planned.
As one of the most legendary racing cars of all time, genuine D-types are worth more than £10million today, some considerably more. The small number of car available has lead to a number of various recreations, some better than others. None of them, until now, have worn a genuine Jaguar chassis number.
Jaguar plans to build the car at its Classic Works department in Coventry, and has referenced original engineering drawings and records that have been dug out of Jaguar's archives. It has invested considerably in making sure the continuations are correct in every detail. SEE RELATED: First new Jaguar XKSS unveiled in LA
Available in both short-nose and the later long-nose form – as seen on the photographed engineering prototype above – customers will be able to spec the D-type with a few different paint and trim options.
Given the close relationship between XKSS and D-type, a lot of the work has already been done and will be carried over, although the D-type does differ in a number of ways. There are also significant differences between long and short nose versions, with the later cars getting extended front end, tail fin, wide-angle cylinder head and quick-change brake calipers.
Interested? While a price hasn’t been disclosed, expect to pay somewhere north of the £1million figure associated with the recent XKSS models. Following on from six E-types and nine XKSS models, the larger run of 25 models means that some are still available.
Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager, said, ‘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, but lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a head start on the final 25 D-type models. Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar’s Competitions Department intended.’