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Jaguar D-Type

Production: 1954 - 1957

Production Type: For Competitions

Produced: 71

About Jaguar D-Type

The Jaguar D-Type was designed specifically to win the Le Mans 24-hour race, it shared the straight-6 XK engine and many mechanical components with its C-Type. Its structure, however, was radically different, with innovative monocoque construction and slippery aerodynamics that integrated aviation technology, including in some examples a distinctive vertical stabilizer. Engine displacement began at 3.4 litres, was enlarged to 3.8 L in 1957, and reduced to 3.0 L in 1958 when Le Mans rules limited engines for sports racing cars to that maximum. D-Types won Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957 that proved to be the most successful year, Jaguar D-Types took five of the top six places. After Jaguar temporarily retired from racing as a factory team, the company offered the remaining unfinished D-Types as street-legal XKSS versions, whose perfunctory road-going equipment made them eligible for production sports car races in America.

Jaguar D-Type Technical Specification

3.4 L XK6 I6 – 3,442 cm3 / 210.04 cu in (1954)
3.8 L XK6 I6 – 3,781 cm3 / 230.73 cu in (1957)
3.0 L XK6 I6 – 2,997 cm3 / 182.89 cu in (1958)

Body Style

Jaguar D-Type Models

Jaguar D-Type Prototype
Production: 6

Jaguar D-Type Long Nose
Production: 12

Serial Jaguar D-Type (Short Nose) 
Production: 44

Jaguar D-Type Photogallery

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