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Iconic Jaguar D-type back in production 60 years on

Jaguar D-Type reborn

This beauty is “new” Jaguar D-type. It’s the first of 25 cars that will be hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire.

Back in 1955 Jaguar planned to build 100 D-types. However, only 75 were completed, which is why the period-correct cars are being manufactured now.

The legendary D-type, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957, is the third continuation vehicle from Jaguar Classic, complementing the six missing Lightweight E-types completed in 2014-15 and nine XKSSs built in 2017-18.

Jaguar D-Type reborn

Every aspect of the “new” D-types will be created to the authentic, original specification.

“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. And it’s just as spectacular today,” said Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director.

“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 fulfil.”

The reborn Jaguar D-type is receiving its world debut at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris this week.

Jaguar D-Type reborn

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