1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type / XKD507 Vehicle Information

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type
Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer
Chassis #: XKD507
The D-Type Jaguar was supposed to win at LeMans in 1954 just like the C-Type had done the year before. With Jaguar's legendary twin cam six further developed and the C-Type's space frame replaced by a monocoque tub with load bearing external panels that nicely reduced weight, the D-Type seemed a sure thing. That June three cars were flown to France and driven from the dock to the Sarthe circuit to fulfill their destiny. Alas, a Ferrari won, but aerodynamic lessons were learned regarding the extended bonnet. In 1955, five 'long nosed' D-Types, including this car, were on the starting line at LeMans. Jaguar won. D-Types repeated the victory two years. They were indomitable at Reims and Montlhery, as well as all-conquering back home at Goodwood and Silverstone.

This car has Serial No. XKD507 and is powered by the 3442 cc (210 cubic-inch) six-cylinder in-line engine with double overhead camshafts, two valves per cylinder, three dual-throat Weber carburetors, developing 270 horsepower at 6000 rpm. This car carried Jaguar honors to the Ú.S. when purchased by Briggs Cunningham. An ailing engine had curtailed its race at LeMans in 1955. After delivery to New York and Alfred Momo's care, the car enjoyed a splendid season. Sherwood Johnston driving to victory in the Watkins Glen Grand Prix and the Eisenhower Trophy at Hagerstown, Maryland. Briggs Cunningham became the new Jaguar distributor for the Northeast and consequently fielded a full team in competition. With Walt Hansgen driving, the D-Type won SCCA C-Modified Championships in 1956 and 1957. The D's highest speed ever - 185 mph at Bonneville - was also recorded in the Ú.S.

Prior to the 1955 Jaguar D-Type's victory at Lime Rock in 1957, the car had already experienced a successful run with Sherman Johnston at the helm in 1955, winning at Watkins Glen and Hagerstown, Maryland, among other venues. This would give Johnston the 1955 SCCA National Championship. The Briggs-Cunningham racing team purchased the car in 1956, and the D-Type would once again with the SCCA Championship in 1956 and 1957.

Jaguar XK-D D-TypeThe partnership with Briggs-Cunningham would bring Jaguar to prominence in the Únited States, as the Briggs-Cunningham team would field a full fleet of Jaguars in competition. 71 D-Types had been built by February 1957 when fire ravaged the Coventry factory, destroying five of the cars inside. When production resumed, this Jaguar was not included. But the D-Type did not die without issue; the E-Type was soon to follow.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2017

Source - Historical notes courtesy of The Collier Collection


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 Jaguar D-Type
Chassis#: XKD 501
Sold for USD$21,780,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  
1955 Jaguar D-Type
Chassis#: XKD 530
Sold for USD$3,675,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  
1955 Jaguar D-Type
Chassis#: XKD 520
Sold for USD$4,996,248
  2014 RM Auctions - Paris
 
1955 Jaguar D-Type
Chassis#: XKD 530
Sold for USD$3,905,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  
1955 Jaguar D-Type
Chassis#: XKD558
Sold for USD$2,090,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Jaguar D-TypeXKD 5202020 RM Sothebys : Paris $5,900,000$6,400,000
1955 Jaguar D-TypeXKD 5042013 RM Auction London$4,000,000  
1955 Jaguar XK-D D-TypeXKD 5442009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction$2,250,000  
1955 Jaguar XK-D D-TypeXKD 5132008 Gooding & Company   
1955 Jaguar D-Type Replica 2003 Houston Classic$70,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Jaguar Type D1954 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD 403
Engine Num: E 2004-9
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: XD-515
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD 501
Engine Num: E 2036-9
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD 544
Engine Num: E5018-10
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD504
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD507
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD521
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD530
Engine Num: E 2044-9
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD601
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: 1E31400
Engine Num: 7E4967-9
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD 538
Engine Num: E2030-9
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD524
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD553
Engine Num: E2046-9
Chassis information for the Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: XKD604


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