The 1956 Jaguar D-Type earned the status of legendary due to its pioneering influence on racing. Produced between 1954 to 1957, the D-Type was heavily influenced by aviation engineering, which introduced aerodynamic efficiency to the racing world. The D-Type also used “monocoque” or structural skin construction, which is an approach that uses the outer shell of the body to support the loads of the car, much like an egg’s shell. This approach lightens the overall weight of the vehicle.
On the block at Gooding and Company is a prime example of the D-Type. Even more tempting about this particular D-Type is that it was formerly owned by famed British racing drivers Peter Blond and Jean Bloxham. The car was raced in Period at Goodwood, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, and Crystal Palace. In other words, this car has the providence to warrant its $10,000,000 to $12,000,000 price tag.
If the history of the vehicle isn’t enough, the fact that it still has matching numbers in its engine and bodywork should help. Plus, the D-Type still has plenty get up and go left in its 32,442 CC DOHC inline six cylinder engine. With three Weber 45 DCO3 carburetors, the engine delivers 250 BHP at 6,000 RPM to a four speed manual gearbox. The front suspension is independent double-wishbone with torsion bars, while the rear live axle is equipped with trailing links and a transverse torsion bar.
This Jaguar is a living relic of racing history, with the documentation to prove it.