1967 JAGUAR D-TYPE - £59,950
The legendry D-Type succeeded the C-Type in 1954, many aficionados consider the D-Type to be the classic post-war sports racing car. Incorporating much that had been learnt from the iconic C-Types, the D-Type embraced aircraft technology in its construction and aerodynamics. The D-Type used monocoque technology. Attached to the front of the monocoque tub was a tubular sub-frame which carried engine and front suspension. The tub was constructed of magnesium alloy and consisted of a double-skinned front and rear bulk head with large tube like sills. The one piece bonnet hinged forward like the C-Type and the rear bodywork was removable. To reduce frontal area, the engine was mounted at an angle of eight degrees and for the first time dry sumped. The D-Type used an all new gearbox and even more efficient disc brakes were adopted, new Dunlop light alloy wheels replaced the C-Types wire wheels. Aircraft style flexible fuel tanks were positioned in the tail and were accessed through the distinctive streamlined headrest, which later gained a fin for high speed stability.
Three of these beautiful D-Types lined up for the 1954 Le Mans race and should have won. The race was extremely frustrating for Jaguar as there was talk of sabotage when traces of fine grey sand were found in the cars fuel tank. The race continued with the Ferraris domination being eaten up by the D-Types as the weather conditions deteriorated. By the end of the race Duncan Hamiltons car had managed to achieve an incredible win for Jaguar. Duncan commented in the post race briefing that the car was wheel spinning at 170mph on the very wet Mulsanne straight.
The Jaguar D-Type Evocation offered here at Autostorico is finished in Ecurie Ecosse Blue with Black leather interior. Having been professionally built in 2010 around the Adrian Raynard designed multi tubular space frame this exacting recreation offers a composite and Kevlar, fire retardant, light weight D-Type. Power comes from a highly tuned 4.2 litre straight six XK twin overhead cam unit. Carburation comes in the form of triple 2 SUs on a modified inlet manifold enabling the car to produce circa 300 bhp. A five speed close ratio gearbox, independent suspension all round coupled with Gurling braking system makes the car a wonderful and involving drive on both the road and the track alike. This particular 3500 mile D-Type is fitted with period Dunlop 15 racing light alloy wheels, Plexi glass wrap around screen, four point racing harnesses, full tonneau, Smiths instruments, side pipe exhaust and period wood rimmed steering wheel.
Offered for sale with a date related number plate USV441 this is a truly unique opportunity to own one of the worlds most desirable vehicles at a fraction of the original cars cost.
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