'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.
The lady vendor ordered this D-Type replica in March 1998 from the Le Mans Car Company when they were based in Westbury, Wiltshire. It is believed to be the last factory-built car from the Wiltshire company. The D-Type was built entirely to the vendor's specifications and without compromise. Its only owner, she travelled to Westbury several times to see the car taking shape on the jig and then as a rolling chassis. It has been kept in a heated and dehumidified garage since acquisition.
The body is made of high quality and very durable glassfibre with some interior and engine panels made from brushed aluminium. The 4.2-litre XK engine is from the donor vehicle - a 1983 Jaguar XJ6 - and was fully reconditioned by the factory prior to its installation, as was the four-speed/overdrive gearbox. The inlet manifold and thermostat housing have been polished and the engine, which has proved to be very robust and reliable, is immaculate and free from oil leaks. Other noteworthy mechanical features include a limited-slip differential, adjustable coil-sprung dampers and up-rated brakes, the latter described as 'superb'.
Equipped with Willens safety harnesses, the seats are upholstered in cream leather with British Racing Green piping and BRG carpets. The steering wheel is a 14" MotoLita similar to that of the D-Type but without the considerable flexing of the original Jaguar wheel. The instruments are as far as possible in keeping with the 'D'. There is a factory-made leatherette tonneau, which comes in two separate sections: one for each side of the cockpit. The tyres are new Goodrich. To date, the D-Type has covered 10,685 miles and has been driven only by the owner. It has been serviced regularly and maintained to the highest standard, and during fast road use averages around 27mpg, a most respectable figure. Currently taxed and MoT'd, this well cared for D-Type replica is offered with a V5C document.