Jaguar Restarts Production of Legendary D-Type Race Car

Jaguar is reviving one of its most iconic models. Jaguar Classic will build 25 D-Type racing cars in original specification to complete a run that has remained unfinished since 1956.

The manufacturer’s specialist vintage car restoring division is re-starting production of the iconic race car in Coventry, some 62 years after the last of the original models came off the assembly line. When the final D-Type rolled out of Jaguar’s factory then, it was chassis number 75 of 100. The “new” run of cars will pick up where that car left off and be made using the same design drawings.

Every detail of the new car will stay true to the original specifications, with the model available in either the 1955 Shortnose or 1956 Longnose models. The car’s legend comes from its success in the Le Mans 24 hour race, which it won in 1955, 1956 and 1957.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “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. And it’s just as spectacular today.”

“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 fulfill.”

The first of the reproduced legends will be shown at the Salon Retromobile classic car show in Paris this week, though Jaguar says it’s only an engineering prototype. The D-Type is the third continuation car to come from Jaguar Classic. It follows six Lightweight E-Types that were completed in 2015 and nine XKSS examples that began production last year.