1954 Jaguar D-Type
|Color:||British Racing Green|
History: Jaguar developed the D-Type specifically to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The D-Type was a progression of the Jaguar C-Type, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1951 and 1953. Even with such success, Jaguar knew that a new car would be needed to stay ahead of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, and Maserati.
Design requirements for the D-Type said it should be lower and shorter than its predecessor. That would help the car reach a higher top speed and increase cornering capability. Initial tests on the prototype car, chassis XKD 401, revealed a top speed of 178 mph, nearly 30mph faster than the C-Type.
XKD 403 is one of three 1954 factory Works D-Types entered in the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans. The D-type was the first “super car” of the era with influence in aerodynamics and construction from the aircraft industry. It was driven by Stirling Moss and Peter Walker, leading the race and setting a top speed of 172.97mph. OKV 2 was the fastest of the factory team cars.
Following the end of the race season, XKD 403 was used as the factory’s development car for the 1955 Le Mans and played a key role in Jaguar’s success over the next several years. Jaguar Race Team manager “Lofty” England had Mike Hawthorn, Jimmy Stewart, Ninian Anderson, Desmond Titterington, and Don Beauman do laps in the car to determine who would compete in 1955. The D-Type went on to claim victories in Le Mans for three consecutive years from 1955-1957.
OKV 2 was one of the most actively raced of the D-Types, and piloted by numerous Jaguar legends. It competed in at least 55 races in the 1950s, nearly half of which were podium finishes, and five first place victories. This included races at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Reims, Tourist Trophy at Dunrod, Silverstone, Goodwood, Oulton Park, Aintree, Snetterton, Portuguese Grand Prix, and British Empire Trophy Race.
XKD 403 would ultimately become one of the most notable and iconic race cars of all time.
In recent years it has been raced at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Le Mans Classic, and taken part in the Colorado Grand and California Mille 1,000-mile rallies.
Condition: OKV 2 has been meticulously cared for by some of the World’s foremost Jaguar experts and is ready to hit the road or track. It is exquisite in its period livery of British Racing Green. The mechanical components are correct. Recent service performed on the engine, brakes and other components. XKD 403 retains the factory engine it had when it left Jaguar’s care.
Documents: Extensive collection of historical documents and hundreds of period racing photographs. There are eight binders of photographs, documents, and receipts confirming full ownership history, race records and restoration. This includes factory documents showing build and race entries. Letters from Norman Dewis – a Jaguar factory engineer and test driver for the D-Type – and others.
Of Note: Autographed by Stirling Moss and other legendary race car drivers.