1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type Roadster / XKD553 Vehicle Information

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type photograph

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type
Roadster
Designer: Malcolm Sayer
Chassis #: XKD553
Engine #: E2046-9
Sold for $2,097,000 at 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club.
At a Bonhams & Butterfields motorcar auction, there are many significant and elegant automobiles. This was the case at the 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields auction held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California. There were several historically significant vehicles up for sale, including Talbot-Lagos, Duesenbergs, McLarens, Ferrari's and more. This Jaguar D-Type Shortnose Sports-Racing Two-Seater was the high seller of the day. It had been estimated to fetch between $1,800,000 - $2,200,000. This proved to be an accurate assumption, as the car was sold for $2,097,000. These cars are very rare with about 87 examples ever created. The D-Types enjoyed much racing success on any continent that they traveled. Since there have been so few original D-Types created, enthusiasts have created replica's. Often, these replica's sell for over $100,000 which is still an impressive figure. An original, as shown at the Bonhams & Butterfield auction, fetches millions.

The original factory D-Types nearly won the LeMans race in 1954. Instead, they were forced to settle with second place behind a much more powerful Ferrari V12. Further enhancements and improvements to the 'Long-nose' D-Types put the Jaguar's at the head of the pack, winning LeMans in 1955 and 1957. The factory was very successful with their Long-nose D-Types and decided to build the 'Short-nose' D-Types for privateers. This example, bearing chassis number XKD553, is one of those shortnose privateer cars.

When it left the factory, it was finished in white livery and fitted with the small headrest tail fin which was offered optionally by the factory. It was used as a dealer-display for a short time before being sent to the United States and into the arms of amateur racer, Jack Ensley. Ensley was also the President of Jaguar Midwest Distributors Inc. He had raced during the 1955 where he finished third in the World Championship-qualifying Sebring 12-Hour classic while driving a D-Type.

XKD553 was raced on March 23rd of 1957 at the Sebring 12-Hour classic where it was driven by Ensley and Pat O'Connor. It was one of four FIA-sanctioned D-Types to race in that event. The car ran as high as 10th overall. It raced for six hours when its rear axle failed and side-lined the car prematurely.

The car was sold to John C. Reueter near the close of 1957. The car was later acquired by Edmund Rahal of Savannah, Georgia who used the car in SCCA south-eastern regional competition from 1957 through 1961.

The car was club raced by Mike Bradley from 1968 through 1969 in England. Ownership was later passed to Bob Roberts, who had a collection of cars in the Midland Motor Museum at Bridgenorth in Shropshire. Roberts had the body and running gear overhauled. For a brief time it was powered by a 3.8-liter engine instead of the 3.4-liter unit. The car remained in the museum collection until it was purchased by Paul Vestey for his private collection in Hampshire. It was later sold to Peter Kaus in Germany who added the car to his Rosso Bianco Collection.

This car carries chassis number 'XKD 553', body number 'H2053', and engine number 'E2046-9'. The engine is a 3.4-liter unit with cast-iron cylinder block. There is a spare Dunlop road wheel and tire in place in the original retainer. The Lucas headlights are non-original, as the original lamps were notoriously deficient for the 160 mph speeds this car has been known to travel.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2007


2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,800,000-USD $2,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $2,097,000

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 JAGUAR D-TYPE 'SHORTNOSE' SPORTS-RACING TWO-SEATER
Chassis#: XKD 561
Sold for USD$4,307,533
  2013 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1956 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer
Sold for USD$3,740,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  
1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type
Sold for USD$2,097,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type image  
1956 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer
Sold for USD$924,000
  2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 Jaguar D-TypeXKD 5182019 Mecum : Monterey   
1956 Jaguar D-TypeXKD 5182018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az. $10,000,000$12,000,000
1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type 2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$75,000$125,000$150,000
1956 Jaguar XK-D D-Type 2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island $140,000$160,000
1956 JAGUAR D TYPE RECREATION 2002 Kruse Auction Scottsdale, AZ (Rawhide)$97,500  

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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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