[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]aking its name for thrice trumping the 24-hour races at Le Mans (1955-1957), the Jaguar D-type race car was a testament to the English marque’s engineering prowess over half a century ago.
Only 75 of the planned 100 were built, however, with the last unit being finished in 1956.
Now Jaguar Classic intends to hand-build the final 25 at a Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Warwickshire. The D-types built will be created to authentic, original specifications.
Said Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director: “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… 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 fulfil.”
This is the third time Jaguar classic has revisited uncompleted production projects. Six missing Lightweight E-types were completed in 2015 and nine XKSSs were built in two years from 2017 – 2018.
Don’t expect anything less than a seven-figure price tag, however, with additional taxes and shipping and stamp costs to bring such a model to Singapore. While you’re at it, here are some other classic cars (albeit with modern interiors) that you can consider adding to the stable.