1956 Jaguar D-Type

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Designed specifically to win the Le Mans 24-hour race, the slippery D-Type was produced by Jaguar Cars Ltd. between 1954 and 1957. Sharing the straight-6 XK engine and many mechanical components with its C-Type predecessor, its structure however was radically different. Innovative monocoque construction and aerodynamic efficiency integrated aviation technology in a sports racing car, some examples including a renowned vertical stabilizer.

Engine displacement began at 3.4 litres, was enlarged to 3.8 L in 1957, and reduced to 3.0 L in 1958 when Le Mans rules limited engines for sports racing cars to that maximum. D-Types won Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957. After Jaguar temporarily retired from racing as a factory team, the company offered the remaining unfinished D-Types as XKSS versions whose extra road-going equipment made them eligible for production sports car races in America. In 1957 25 of these cars were in various stages of completion when a factory fire destroyed nine of them.

Total production is thought to have included 18 factory team D-Types, 53 customer cars and 16 XKSS versions.

 

 
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IXO LM1956; Jaguar D Type; 1956 24h Le Mans 1st; Sanderson & Flockhart; RN4 Brumm R149; Jaguar D Type; 1956 24h Le Mans 1st; Sanderson & Flockhart; RN4 Spark 43LM56; Jaguar D Type; 1956 24h Le Mans 1st; Sanderson & Flockhart; RN4 Quartzo QLM040; Jaguar D Type; 1956 24h Le Mans 1st; Sanderson & Flockhart; RN4 Kit Built; Jaguar D Type; 1956 24h Le Mans 1st; Sanderson & Flockhart; RN4
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