Aside from its striking design, this Jaguar has an impressive provenance that begins with its first owner, Bernie Ecclestone. The Formula One racer passed the vehicle on a year later to fellow racer Peter Blond and, later, it went on to Jean Bloxham.
The D-Type gets its power from a 3,442 CC DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed manual gearbox. The powerplant produces 250 horsepower at 6,000 RPM, a walloping force in the mid-1950’s, which goes some distance to explaining why the vehicle had such a long and successful race history. Although the series of legendary drivers has something to do with its accolades.
The first Jaguar D-Type debuted in 1954 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the uber-advanced racing machine immediately made an impression. Features like an alloy monocoque chassis and tubular subframe gave the racer the edge needed to turn the industry on its head.
Since this beautiful Jaguar D-Type with its original paint hasn’t been on the market in a decade, it’s sure to garner plenty of attention at the upcoming auction. And, possibly, a low eight-figure final bid.