Have you ever wanted to roll down the streets in a multi-million dollar classic without paying the multi-million dollar price tag? Well, this car is perfect for you!.. But first, a history lesson. The successor to the C-Type and the predecessor to the E-Type, the D-Type was originally designed with one goal in mind. To win Le Mans - and it did.
Jaguar D-Type to become Australia’s most expensive car at Motorclassica Auction
Jaguar D-Type to become Australia's most expensive car at Motorclassica Auction | Drive
Although Jaguar can trace its roots back to the early s, its sporting foundations were really established with its run of success at Le Mans during the s. Having won the hour endurance classic in and with its C-type, Jaguar then scored a hat-trick of victories in , and with the iconic D-type. But while those landmark results at La Sarthe are still rightly feted more than 60 years later, the D-type won all over the world — from Sebring and Reims to Nassau and Ardmore. It was driven by the greatest racers of the time, such as Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn, as well as by talented privateers, and achieved its success despite fierce opposition from rivals such as Mercedes-Benz, Maserati and Ferrari.
The highest-valued car to ever be auctioned in Australia will go under the hammer this weekend at Motorclassica in Melbourne. Chassis number XKD is the only genuine D-Type in the country, and has a long history of traveling the world with numerous owners. Former Le Mans hour winner, Duncan Hamilton, bought the car with just kilometres on the odometer. It won Le Mans in and , and had podium finishes in , before being shipped to Singapore, and then arriving in Australia in the late '60s.