1957 Jaguar D-Type
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 Specifications
Engine Displacement, Enlarged to 3.8L in 1957, Reduced to 3.0L in 1958 when Le Mans rules limited engines for sports racing
1955, 1956 & 1957
Won the Le Mans 24-hour race
Factory Team Cars Built, 53 Customer Cars Built, 16 XKSS Versions Built
D-type Jaguar Partners & Products
Tires, Wheels & Brakes