If you don’t know what Jaguar Classic workshops is you’re truly missing out. In essence the workshop is exactly what it sounds, a place for classics, but significantly beyond that Jaguar has been using it to finish out production runs from decades ago of some of their most iconic and important cars. Case and point, this 1955 Jaguar D-Type continuation car, a model which would win several Le Mans, built today.
In 1955 Jaguar would set out to make 100 of the D-Types with racing in mind and while they would fall short of their 100 unit goal by 25, they would win Le Mans with the car for three consecutive years from 1955-1957. Today an original D-Type looks to fetch upwards of $15 million at auction.
Every one of the 2018 continuation cars will be built to the “authentic, original specification” of its 63-year-old brethren. “Recreating the nine D-type-derived XKSSs was hugely satisfying, and an even bigger technical challenge than the six missing Lightweight E-types, but lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a head start on the final 25 D-types,” said Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager. “Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar’s Competitions Department intended.”