D-Type Jaguar

The Jaguar D-Type is a sports racing car produced by Jaguar Cars Ltd. Although it shares the basic straight-6 XK engine and many of its mechanical components with the C-Type, its aviation industry influenced structure was radically different. Innovative monocoque construction and an aeronautical approach to aerodynamic efficiency brought aviation technology to competition car design.

After Jaguar temporarily retired from racing as a factory team, the company offered the remaining unfinished D-Types as XKSS versions whose extra road-going equipment made them eligible for production sports car races in America. In 1957 25 of these cars were in various stages of completion when a factory fire destroyed nine of them.

original manufacturer

3.4 Litres

Engine Displacement
Enlarged to 3.8L in 1957
Reduced to 3.0L in 1958 when Le Mans rules limited engines for sports racing


Production Years

1955, 1956 & 1957

Won the Le Mans 24-hour race


Factory Team Cars Built
53 Customer Cars Built
16 XKSS Versions Built

Partners and Products



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Injectors, ECM, wiring, senders for induction system

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Jon Kaase Racing Engines

Engine Overhaul

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The Driven Man

Induction System

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Coker Tire

Michelin X 185R16, Michelin Excelsior Comp V 650-15, Universal Heavy Duty Innter Tube GR16 TR13

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Dayton Wire Wheels

72 Spoke 16x5 Wire Wheels

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RCR Race Car Replicas

D-Type Car

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