Jaguar D-type tribute on the block

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Legendary race car recreation is a cross-Tasman effort

For us this could be the stand-out lot in tomorrow's Mossgreen auction - a replica of the Jaguar D-type series.

These cars were high-tech racers for their day, built from 1954 to 1957. They were a monocoque chassis (with aluminium subframes for engine and front end) and had clear aviation aerodynamic influences in the design.

Three different sixes were used in them over the years: 3.4, 3.8 and 3.0lt based on the XK powerplant, with the smaller capacity forced on the company by a change of Le Mans rules.

Speaking of Le Mans, Jaguar used this car to win three years in succession: 1955, 1956 and 1957.

The body of this car is a Tempero unit from NZ, while much of the finishing work was done in Australia.

It's running a 3.8lt Mk 10 engine with triple Weber carburettors, mated to a four-speed Moss transmission.

Mossgreen is auctioning this one tomorrow (lot 28, April 30, 2017) and has published an estimate of $130-150,000. Original D-types are worth several million dollars.



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