The triple, Le Mans winning Jaguar D-type will need little introduction. Following on from the C-type's victories in 1951 and 1953, the D-type, with its then state of the art chassis encompassing a central monocoque section, improved rear suspension and a more powerful XK engine, handsomely won the Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957. Among the most desirable of collectors' cars worldwide, today even the 'customer" cars', let alone the works cars, will cost millions, if you can even find one. Therefore the opportunity to acquire a genuine sixties Jaguar two seater that has been fully restored, re-engineered and re-clothed in effectively a 'tool-room' copy of D-Type by quality craftsmen, requires serious consideration.
Highly respected Lynx Motor Cars was founded in 1968, and quickly made its name restoring and maintaining original C-Types, D-Types and E-Types of the period. Their decision to recreate D-Types and XKSS versions based on Series II E-Type engines and running gear was a logical one, based entirely on their experience with the original cars. Since then over 430 cars have passed through their workshops, either as re-creation projects or original cars being restored or maintained.
This particular car is Chassis 11 (Eleven) and originates from 1979. The 'source' car was a 1962, 3.8 E-Type, and shortly after its completion by Lynx it was painted in British Racing Green and shipped to its new owner in the US, where it enjoyed the next ten years in the California sunshine. On its return to the UK in November 1989, it became the property of David Wooley who owned the car until June 1993 when it was marketed by Brabazon in Kensington with an advertised mileage of 4,000. Soon after, a new home was found in Germany in the care of a Mr Crone who owned a VW/Audi dealership of the same name. A German TUV was obtained with the assistance of Lynx, and the relevant paperwork for this is in the file. The car remained with Mr. Crone until it was once again returned to these shores and sold by Hunter Classics of Maidstone to Henry Pearman, MD of world renowned Jaguar specialists Eagle Racing Ltd., with the odometer reading 8,378. The contents of the history file confirm that Eagle carried out a mild restoration including a full re-spray to Ecurie Ecosse Blue with new Ox Blood leather. The engine was rebuilt at the same time and this work included an upgrade to a 4.2 block (tbc), new pistons and liners, unleaded big-valve head with Cosworth Valve springs, lightened and balanced crank and flywheel, baffled sump, and a stainless steel six-branch exhaust manifold and system. In February 2000, Henry Pearman sold Chassis 11 to Charles Bowman in Edinburgh and it appears the mileage was 8,710 at this time, so the rebuilt engine would hardly have been run in! He used the car very carefully avoiding rain and salty roads and popped it back into its 'Carcoon' at the end of each trip. A SORN was put in place in May of '06 but even then the car was regularly started and exercised round his private estate. When the time came, and with only 9,227 miles covered in total, this lovely blue Jaguar was off on its travels again, this time back to America and the ministrations of a specialist Mercedes-Benz restorer and collector of exotica, Rudi and Company. Our Vendor purchased the car directly from Rudi in early 2015 and used the car in various Road Rallies and it has only recently been serviced with attention to the brakes and the fitting of a Kenlowe fan. The odometer currently reads 10,357. It's now only offered for sale to help fund the purchase of a particularly important pre-war car that has unexpectedly come to market.
Nothing else needs to be said. Just look at it and dream!
Important note: The car is available Tax Free if sold outside the EU, or if sold within the EU, 5% Purchase Tax will become due. The registration number 'OUN 4' has now been transferred to another vehicle.