Jaguar D-Type Returns, Company Will Build 25 New Models

Jaguar Land Rover has been tapping into their archives and reviving a handful of iconic models and the latest to be resurrected is the legendary D-Type.

While the last D-Type was built nearly 62 years ago, Jaguar Classic will resume production shortly and the first model, an engineering prototype, will be unveiled tomorrow at the Salon Retromobile in Paris.

The D-Type isn’t as celebrated as the E-Type but the model secured its place in history by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956, and 1957. Jaguar says every aspect of the car will be authentic to its original specifications and this apparently includes the six-cylinder XK engine.

Customers who order the car can select between either the 1955 Shortnose specification or the 1956 Longnose variant. The engineering prototype represents the latter model and Jaguar says it is easily identified by its extended hood, quick-change brake calipers, and tailfin.

Production will be limited to 25 units as Jaguar originally had plans to build 100 D-Types. Only 75 units were built so the company is making good on its promise six decades later.

In a statement, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director Tim Hannig 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. 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.”

Jaguar hasn’t revealed how much but the D-Type will cost but it is already accepting customer enquiries.

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  • Bash

    Cool.

  • Jimjamjimmy

    Jaguar might as well raid their back catalogue and make some money before some Chinese rip off artist do it anyway

  • Bo Hanan

    This is smart marketing. Can we also get a new/old Porsche 928-GTS?

  • Six Thousand Times

    It’s either this or the 917 for favourite sports racer of all time for me.

  • JackW

    The prettiest shape ever created for four wheels.

  • BobV12

    That is the best idea ever. The only downside is the limited run. I’d love to see thousands of these travel the road !

    • Then the value would go down, that’s how manufacturer keeps their products value.

      Someone from McLaren told me this regarding special editions. Let’s say the demand is 100, the serious buyer would be 50. From that number they will only produced 25 and charge gazillions for it.

      • BobV12

        I agree this strategy works well, but luxury shouldn’t be based on a price, but instead on quality only. Should they build thousands, there will be a minimum price anyway as it will take thousands of manual work hours to build.

  • The price is reportedly in 7 digits poundsterling. Almost half of the production quotes already spoken for.

  • I like that they actually try to keep the imperfection, such as the asymetric engine bumps and intake. But they still minimize the panel gap and details such as door that actually fits lol.

    Those car are patterned after two cars, the short nose is based on an D-Type that has been converted into XKSS in period, chassis number XKD 547 and the long nose is based on D-Type XKD 605, Reims 12 hours winning car. Both are known as the most original D-Type in existence.

  • Infinite1

    Good strategy, Jaguar. They made 6 more E-Types back in 2015, revived it again last year to 10 more models and now the D Type. Can’t wait for the next return/revival

  • Legally speaking

    Love what Jaguar Land Rover Classic are doing.

    Just hope no one ever has to experience a crash and serious injury in any of these newly built revivals…..no doubt an army of lawyers will be at the disposal of such wealthy clientele…or maybe you have to sign a waiver to buy one?

  • Mark Hawthorne

    It’s either cool or cynical depending on your perspective. If they were actually making sports cars that people wanted to buy (they are really struggling with F-Type which is available with huge discounts and cheap finance) they wouldn’t have to do this. Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari? Nope. Aston Martin is so short of operating cash they’re doing it for the money. Jaguar is raking up some hard-won classic racing and sports prestige because it simply has none from what it makes now. As Trump would say: SAD.

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