1955 Jaguar D-Type Has a Valuable Past

Things can pile up to make something more valuable than it would be on its own. Take, for instance, the 1955 Jaguar D-Type that is up for auction at RM Sotheby’s. On its own, this car is a rare treasure, but there are a few extras that come with this car to make it even more special.

1955 Jaguar D-Type front

For starters, this particular D-Type is only the seventh customer D-Type ever produced. It was ordered in June of 1955 by Australian importer Jack Bryson, who placed the order for Bib Stillwell. And that’s the second attribute that adds to this car’s value. Stillwell would go on to become the four-time consecutive winner of the Australian Drivers’ Championship. After the car arrived in Melbourne in January of 1956, Stillwell would race it extensively, even setting numerous records on local circuits like the Bathurst 500 and the Rob Roy Hill Climb. The car and driver combo took the South Australia Trophy in Port Wakefield. Stillwell also used the D-Type to pursue a land-speed record before returning to sports car class competition to claim the Bathurst Road Racing Championship in 1956. Stillwell claimed even more titles in the D-Type before it was purchased by the Australian Motorists Petrol Company on behalf of Jack Davey. Davey, who was best known for his wartime radio work, entrusted it to Bill Murray out of Surfer’s Paradise to get it ready for speed trials, but an accident during transport prevented that from happening. Frank Gardner was the next to won this car, and he rebuilt it before racing it and claiming his own series of victories.

1955 Jaguar D-Type back

The car then transitioned to David Finch, under whose hands it received a factory-supplied 3.8-liter engine that prolonged its career. In 1967, Richard Attwood, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, acquired the car and held onto it for a decade before selling it to Sir Angus Spencer Nairn. The car has an impressive pedigree of ownership that makes it a special piece of automotive history, and a valuable addition to any collection.

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