MILLE MIGLIA RETROSPECTIVE AND GOODWOOD REVIVAL PARTICIPANT
1956/1980s Jaguar D-Type Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Registration no. ASJ 329 Chassis no. XKD 570 (see text)
Engine no. E2078 (see text)
£ 900,000 - 1,200,000
€ 1,100,000 - 1,400,000
1956/1980S JAGUAR D-TYPE SPORTS-RACING TWO-SEATER
REGISTRATION NO. ASJ 329
CHASSIS NO. XKD 570 (SEE TEXT)
ENGINE NO. E2078 (SEE TEXT)
Offered directly from Valentine Lindsay
Well known and competitive historic racing car
Competed at Goodwood, Spa, and Mille Miglia Retrospective
Maintained and prepared by CKL among others
The Jaguar D-Type sports-racing car series with its record of no fewer than three consecutive Le Mans 24-Hour race wins 1955-57 needs little repetition here.
These cars were constructed to a highly-sophisticated design, not just by contemporary standards when first produced for the 1954 24-Hour race. In an era when primitive ladder-frame chassis were the norm, the hybrid-construction D-Type with its multi-tubular forward frame supporting engine and front suspension, a stressed-skin monocoque central 'tub' accommodating driver, and a separate tubular rear frame providing rear suspension and rear subframe/fuel tank support, owed as much to aeronautical engineering as to any motor industry norm.
The fact that the complete assembly was clad in a supremely beautiful, flowing, aerodynamic enveloping body, styled by unsung artist Malcolm Sayer, then made 'the D-Type' into the enduring legend it has come - so widely admired, adored and respected to this day.
As with any series of truly great classic cars, surviving examples vary in individual provenance and contemporary sporting history. This eminently useable, high-specification example offered here, bears the identity of a genuine in-period D-Type which was fully assembled but then dismantled for parts by the Jaguar company. Beyond that brief initial period as a completely assembled and finished sports-racing car 'XKD 570' has no further 1950s history.
Bonhams Goodwood Revival Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia Auction - 18 Sep 2021, 13:00 BST Goodwood