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Short-Nose D-Type Recreation with FIA papers
When the Jaguar D-Type appeared in May 1954 it was the most advanced car of its time and its construction owed much to the aircraft industry experience of Malcolm Sayer and his colleagues at Jaguar's Experimental Department. The D-Type pioneered a monocoque center section fabricated from aluminium alloy sheet with riveted fasteners, standard aircraft practices in the Fifties, but the first use of monocoque techniques for a competition race car. The so-called bag tank, a leak-proof rubber bladder fuel tank, was another aircraft industry innovation while the rear suspension was from the C-Type, with lateral torsion bar springing but now with parallel trailing arms. Mounted under the bonnet was the venerable XK unit in competition form fitted with dry sump lubrication that both improved reliability and reduced the engine's height. This allowed Sayer to further reduce the frontal area and smooth airflow across the body. The design was routinely tested in wind tunnels, reducing aerodynamic drag by 28-percent between the C- and D-Types and 20-percent between the ultimate 1953 C-Type and the long-nose D-Types of 1955.
At its first time at Le Mans, the D-Type nearly repeated its predecessor's feat of winning the event. The D-Type driven by Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton finished a bare 1 3/4 minutes behind the Ferrari 375 Plus driven by Gonzalez / Trintignant.
This car is an absolutely correct ‘tool room copy’ of the early Short-Nose D-Type.
It has been painstakingly constructed over a period of seven years and is possibly the best D-Type Recreation in the world. Superbly crafted and lightly patinated it is indistinguishable from the real thing. It has period papers and comes with FIA (HTP) papers making it eligible for participation in historic events. The car has 1955 period registration, and the attention to detail is such that the list of features reads almost like a 'how to guide' to building a proper D-Type.
3.4 litre XK engine, C8610 block. D Type dry sump. C Type cylinder head ported for big valves, D Type cams. Triple 45-DCO3 carburettors on D Type manifold. Original Bell Housing, starter motor and ring gear. Correct water pump/dynamo and pulleys to front of engine.
4 speed all synchro D Type gearbox with Plessey pump drive and sintered clutch by Crostwaite & Gardiner.
Dunlop disc brakes, 20 piston, full power Plessey system.
Aluminium monocoque on a tubular steel front subframe.
Double wishbone and torsion bar front, solid axle rear on trailing links with a transverse torsion bar.
Dunlop peg drive disc wheels, including weights which are absolutely correct.
Correct 22mm steering wheel as original.
Correct Instruments - One Bakerlite and the other Marzak.
Correct handbrake mechanism and fly-off handle.
Cotton braided loom
24 Hour Le Mans headlights
Correct and certified bag tank
All newly made parts were made to original drawings and specifications including the body which was built using Malcolm Sayer’s original bodyline drawings. In fact there is only one detail that is not correct for a 1955 Production Spec car and that is the rear amber indicators, and this is due simply to the fact that the integral brake light/indicators of 1955 were changed after the Le Mans accident the following year.
We also have a genuine Short-Nose D-Type for sale. Please enquire.