'This 190mph technical masterpiece, designed, built and prepared totally within Jaguar, was to achieve a hat-trick of spectacular Le Mans victories in the 1950s.' - Paul Skilleter, Jaguar: The Sporting Heritage.
Jaguar's multiple Le Mans wins in the 1950s - twice with the C-Type and three times with its D-Trype successor - as well as numerous victories in the other great classic endurance events, have ensured a continuing healthy demand for replicas of these rare and exotic works sports-racers. But whereas the production Jaguar D-Type was limited to using the 3.4-litre version of the XK engine, the biggest available at the time, replica manufacturers and builders are afforded the luxury of choosing either of the two larger XK sixes introduced subsequently: the '3.8' or '4.2' which, even when mildly tuned, are easily capable of exceeding the original's 250bhp maximum output.
Constructed to the highest standards in 1992, this replica of Jaguar's legendary Le Mans-winning D-Type uses an LR Roadsters RAM body/chassis kit and is powered by a 3.8-litre XK engine featuring triple Weber carburettors and coupled to a four-speed all synchromesh manual/overdrive gearbox. Constructed around a tubular-steel backbone spaceframe chassis, the LR Roadsters D-Type features steel-braced glassfibre bodywork in the long nose, long fin, passenger-carrying style with full-width windscreen first seen on the works Le Mans cars in 1955, while the wheels, lights and instruments are said to be to correct specification. Based almost exclusively on Jaguar running gear, unlike some of its rivals, the RAM D-Type was described by Kit Cars & Specials magazine as having 'undisputed mechanical integrity,' and was reckoned 'one of the most desirable replicas we have yet laid our hands on.' The factory claimed a performance, depending on engine tune, of 0-60mph in approximately 5.9 seconds and a maximum speed in overdrive top approaching 150mph, stunning figures even by today's standards.
The current vendor purchased this car at Bonhams' sale at the Goodwood Revival meeting in September 2012 (Lot 178) and since then has serviced, detailed and enjoyed it. Finished in British Racing Green with grey leather interior, this authentic looking D-Type replica has covered fewer than 6,000 miles since construction and is described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition. The car is offered with history file, Vehicle Information Sheet, MoT to August 2016 and V5C registration document.