Last month, we referred to Jaguar Land Rover's Classic Works as a "dream factory," and today, that rings more true than ever. Jaguar Classic just announced that it will build 25 D-Types as part of a continuation series, following in the footsteps of its XKSS and Lightweight E-Type. These are better than replicas—they're brand new cars built to the exact specs of those that won Le Mans in 1955, 1956, and 1957.
Jaguar's justification for re-starting D-Type production? In 1955, it planned on building 100 examples, but only managed to crank out 75. Jaguar says it's "fulfilling the company's initial ambition" in building 25 more D-Types.
Jaguar intended to turn the 25 remaining D-Type chassis it had on hand into a limited-production road car, the XKSS. Sixteen were built before a fire consumed Jaguar's factory back in 1957, taking the nine remaining D-Type chassis with it. Those lost nine were "reborn" in the XKSS Continuation Series last year, so technically, Jaguar has already made 100 D-Type-based cars.
But, does Jaguar need an excuse to make a bunch of new D-Types? No it doesn't, and we're not going to waste any more time splitting hairs.
Each of these 25 cars will be built in Jaguar Land Rover Classic's facility in Coventry, and customers will be able to chose if they wish to have their cars built to short- or long-nose specs. Jaguar still has all the original D-Type technical specs and documents in its possession, so these cars will be 100-percent like the originals.
The D-Type was powered by 3.4-liter version of Jaguar's famous XK straight-six, which made around 250 hp in production spec. Thus equipped, the D-Type was good for around 190 mph flat-out at Le Mans. The car also brought a revolutionary piece of tech when it raced back in 1955, four-wheel disc brakes.
Jaguar hasn't announced pricing for its D-Type continuation series cars just yet, but considering the 1956 Le Mans-winner , it'll probably be a bargain. Our humble suggestion to potential customers? Please order it in the famous blue and white Ecurie Ecosse livery.