Lot 014: Jaguar D-Type Replica
One of the purest and most arresting shapes in the history of automotive design, the 1954 Jaguar D-Type was built with one aim in mind to win races. Although it shared the basic straight-six XK engine design as its C-Type predecessor, the majority of the car was radically different.
Perhaps its most ground-breaking innovation was the introduction of a monocoque chassis, which not only introduced aircraft-style engineering to competition car design, but also an aeronautical understanding of aerodynamic efficiency largely the work of Malcolm Sayer, who had joined Jaguar from the Bristol Aircraft Company.
The car went as good as it looked, humbling much larger-engined machinery from the likes of Ferrari and Maserati by winning Le Mans outright in 1955 and '56 before repeating the process in 1957, taking a crushing five of the top six places. Just 71 D-Types were built up to 1957 and real ones are strictly for lottery winners only.
This particular D-Type short wheelbase replica was made by Stardust Sports Cars of Twickenham in 1993, using a 1979 donor vehicle. The body is made of high quality self coloured GRP and the chassis is of triangulated space-frame construction. Suspension is by coil springs all round with fully adjustable gas shock absorbers. Power comes from a 2-litre Ford Pinto twin-carb engine while the rear axle and steering apparatus are Ford Escort derived. The interior is trimmed in leather.
With just one owner from new, the car is said to be in good running order and is MOTd until October 2009 and taxed until November. Only being sold due to lack of use, it is being offered here with no reserve.
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Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
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|Registration number||DOD 377T|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1993|
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