British car manufacturer Jaguar is re-starting production of the iconic D-type, 62 years after the last example was built in 1956. The cars will be hand built using the original drawings and documents from the time, at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in the UK.
The stunning racer won the Le Man 24-hour race three times, in 1955, 1956, and 1957. Clients can now choose to buy either a 1955-spec shortnose or a 1956-spec longnose version.
Under the hood the Jaguar D-Type was powered by a 3.4-liter version of Jaguar’s famous XK straight-six, which made around 250 hp, matted to a four-speed manual transmission.
“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” said in a press release Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager.
Jaguar hasn’t announced pricing yet, but we expect one to cost at least $1 million.
Source: Jaguar Classic