This particular car is a chassis XKD 604, the first of the six ever produced D-Type works racing long-nose examples ever. The car was developed for the company’s racing efforts in the 1956 season, the last time the D-Type was put into racing and was to be succeeded by the car we all know by the name of the iconic E-type.
The Jaguar D-Types in its days were famous for winning the Le Mans 24-hour races in 1955, 1956 and 1957, although when the D-Type long nose came along, it had to be excluded from racing due to its superior technology such as the use of fuel injection, which was not allowed for racing. This Jaguar was also the first to ride on an independent rear axle while using a de Dion rear suspension.
This particular 1956 Jaguar D-Type “Long Nose” model was owned by Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse, never raced till 1971. When the company shut down, the car changed hands and went to Scotsman Jim Tester during the 70s, later to be passed on to Michael Fisher of Britain, who commissioned a restoration of the car, bringing back the original fuel injection system which was taken off due to racing.
This particular car has been featured in many events such as the 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the 2012 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance where it received the Featured Marque Award. The D-Type XKD 604 goes on sale at RM Sotheby’s annual Arizona auction that will take place between January 28-29, 2016. More Details here.
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