It’s finally here. It’s taken 62 years for Jaguar to resurrect one of their most iconic racing cars known as the D-Type.
The only catch? Just 25 brand new examples will be hand crafted by Jaguar-Land Rover Classic Works to fulfil the initial quota of 100 cars set back in 1956 (only 75 made it out the door before a factory fire halted production).
The new D-Type will call upon some of Jaguar’s most enduring car making practices of the golden era to complete the order. The car itself retains a rich racing pedigree thanks to three Le Mans 24 hour race wins accomplished between 1955 and 1957.
The 2018 version will follow this exact formula by retaining the original 3.4-litre six-cylinder XK engine and accompanying period-correct details. Those in the market for one will need to fork out serious cash considering one of the original 75 examples fetched US$19.8 million at an auction a few years ago. Buyers of the 2018 variant can choose between a 1955 short-nose spec or long-nose 1956 spec complete with Batman tail fin.
The retro racing mobile which looks like something out of a cartoon will make its official debut at the salon retromobile show in Paris.