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
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.