Jaguar Classic D-Type makes its debut at Rétromobile 2018 in Paris

Continuation models continue to pour out of Jag Classic's UK workshop, forcing us to further curse our relative poverty.

Kyle Hyatt Former news and features editor
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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Take a look in the mirror. You're a person of means and taste. You have a collection of string-back driving gloves and racing watches. You enjoy the taste of the finest single malt and are on a personal mission to make James Bond look like a farmer. What car do you buy if you have a budget between $1 million and $4 million and refuse to be associated with that peasant, Steve McQueen?

It turns out that Jaguar Classic now has a solution that is tailor-made to suit your oddly specific requirements, because it is resurrecting the D-Type race car that dominated Le Mans in the 1950s. Much like it did with the E-Type Lightweight and the XKSS continuation models, Jaguar will be building 25 of these new-production D-Types meticulously by hand in its Warwickshire, UK workshop to complete its original desired production run of 100 cars.

What does your currently unspecified (and yet likely considerable) investment in a modern classic D-Type Jaguar get you? Well, a lot, actually. You'll get the famed Jaguar straight-six engine with the storied wide-angle cylinder head, reproduced in exacting detail by Jaguar Classic to race engineer Lofty England's original specifications. You get four-wheel disc brakes and dry sump lubrication, too. Lastly, Jag will be offering buyers a choice between 1955 short-nose bodywork or 1956 long-nose bodywork. We'd go for the '56 long-nose in Ecurie Ecosse livery, just FYI.

Jaguar made no mention of cost, but we expect it to be in the million-dollar-plus range based on the division's previous offerings. Road legality is also likely to be non-existent, so you'll have to use your considerable wealth to cheat a little to get plates on your minty-fresh racing car. All of us at Roadshow are salivating over pictures and video of the D-Type, and we can't wait to get a certain tall, soft-spoken, British Wolverine look-alike in the right-hand seat of one.

Jaguar Classic D-Type is continuation model perfection

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