I made a comment in my recent E-Pace review that JLR can do no wrong at the moment and I think this latest piece of news from the Jaguar Classic department further confirms my thoughts. Yes, my friends, Jaguar is going to revive their iconic Le Mans triumphant D-Type with a run of 25 continuation models making up for the 100 they intended to build, prior to their decision to cease racing in 1957.
The D-Type continuation follows successful E-Type, XKSS and Land Rover Classic projects and will premiere at Salon Rétromobile in Paris later this week in the form of a 1956 Longnose spec. The 25 cars will be meticulously hand built and ‘period correct’, with clients given the choice of either a 1954-1955 shortnose model or the 1956-1957 longnose spec.
‘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 fulfill.’ – Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director
Just like the three cars that took the chequered flag at Le Mans’, the continuation cars will feature the six-cylinder XK engine and be created to ‘authentic, original specification’ – though each one will be finished to the exacting request of the customer and feature some minor safety enhancements.
The Jaguar D-Type continuation will be priced from £1 million.
Images courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover Classic
Head to Jaguar Classic for more.