Aussie Jaguar D-Type up for grabs…

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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… if you’ve got several million dollars floating around

The first Jaguar D-Type ever to set tyre on tarmac in Australia is for sale at an automotive dealer in the UK.

Designated XKD 526, this D-Type first entered Australia in 1955 and was delivered to the Anderson Company in Brisbane, which was the local Jaguar dealer at the time and was owned by husband and wife duo Cyril Anderson and Doris ‘Geordie’ Anderson.

The couple part owned the Jag’ with professional race car driver Bill Pitt, who raced it regularly across several Australian motorsport events, perhaps most notably at Mt Panorama in 1956, where Pitt came a close second behind Stan Jones (father of Alan Jones) in a Maserati 250F.

In addition, Doris, who was a keen motoring enthusiast, drove the D-Type competitively at Strathpine in 1956 over a flying quarter mile to record a speed of 120mp/h. What’s more, later that year she took the D-Type to Leyburn sprints to record a speed of 135.2mp/h over the quarter mile.

In June of 1959, the D-Type was upgraded to 3.8l specification by parts supplied by the factory in order to stay competitive at the front of the pack.

Later that same year, the D-Type was sold to Leaton Motors of New South Wales, who re-painted the race car in a yellow livery with a black stripe, which incidentally was the same livery as a C-Type that Leaton Motors also campaigned.

After racing well into the 1960s, the D-Type was sold again, this time to a collector who decided the car had seen enough action on the track and was well overdue for a complete restoration. The D-Type then spent many years at a much more relaxed pace in the owner’s private collection.

The car was then sold to its current owner, a British car collector, who subsequently brought the Jag’ back to the UK where it received further restoration and pampering back to concourse condition.

We’re not sure how much the dealer, Will Stone Historic Cars, wants for XKD 526, but you can probably assume that the asking price will be eye-watering… and then some. 

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