Jaguar Classic announces D-Type continuation


Bringing things back from the dead is all the rage these days. From Snow White to the Spice Girls, it seems nothing is safe from a 21st century re-hashing, and cars are no exception.

Lister revived the Knobbly, Aston Martin has built 25 more DB4 GTs, and Land Rover couldn't even wait a year before getting in on the act with its 're-engineered' Defender. Jaguar itself has already brought back the XKSS, committed to 10 'reborn' E-Types, and even gone so far as to stick an electric motor in a 'future-proofed' version of the same model.


Not satisfied with stopping there, however, Jaguar Classic has now set its sights on the legendary D-Type, the car which claimed three back-to-back Le Mans wins for the marque between 1955 and '57. Having originally planned for 100 D-Types, Jaguar only managed to complete 75, and with the classic car market as it is, it was one of those - the 1956 Le Mans winner - which set a new record at auction, selling in 2016 for £15.5m. You can see where this is headed.

Following extensive research, and working from the original engineering drawings, Jaguar seems confident that every one of the 'new' D-Types - set to be hand-built at the JLR Classic Works in Coventry - will be made to an "authentic, original specification", resulting in the creation of 25 "period-correct sports cars".


Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager, said of the project: "Recreating the nine D-type-derived XKSSs was hugely satisfying, and an even bigger technical challenge than the six missing Lightweight E-Types, but lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a head start on the final 25 D-Types. Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar's Competitions Department intended."

There's no word on cost yet - it seems likely if you need to ask you're already too late - though a choice of either 1955-spec 'Short Nose' or 1956-spec 'Long Nose' bodywork has been confirmed. The first prototype example will make its debut at Salon Retromobile in Paris this week, with more details expected to be announced then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • sidesauce 07 Feb 2018

    As Jag and Aston supply the demand for these period creations, surely Ferrari, Porsche and Daimler must be readying something similar from their back catalogues...?

    Very interesting times.

  • dinkel 07 Feb 2018

    A 300SL recreation would be most welcome.

  • galaxie500 07 Feb 2018

    Looking forward to a new Allegro & Austin Princess too....

  • coppice 07 Feb 2018

    Oh FFS , another cynical cash cow to be milked. A special edition for Octane reading oligarchs. Lovely cars in period and still great to watch on track but thank God some car firms still look ahead and don't obsess about their past.

  • Pintofbest 07 Feb 2018

    coppice said:
    Oh FFS , another cynical cash cow to be milked. A special edition for Octane reading oligarchs. Lovely cars in period and still great to watch on track but thank God some car firms still look ahead and don't obsess about their past.
    I see the point but the classic business is huge and very profitable and that is what it is all about at the end of the day - as an employee of JLR I'd rather have a wander around one of these than a base spec XE as I love all the old stuff.

    if you get a chance go to the classic centre in Cov, the cars are amazing and just the smells alone bring back your best childhood car memories! Where else could you see 7 XJ220's, countless old RR's, e-types everywhere etc. If my numbers come up on the lottery I'm straight there.

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