Ecurie Ecosse Blue with Blue Leather Interior
s/n 861409, engine no. RA 4628-9
The D-Type is one of Jaguar's most successful creations made famous by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 56, and 57. Designed by aerodynamicist Malcom Sayer, incorporating a chassis built from riveted sheet aluminum to form an aircraft type monocoque chassis. The “D Type” was fast and light. In order to reduce the body to the smallest possible frontal area, Sayer converted the engine to dry-sump lubrication allowing it to be placed lowered in the body while also lowering the center of gravity.
Like many other legendary sports cars, the original Jaguar D Types are highly coveted collector cars commanding prices in the millions. Many of the originals are [to this day] still actively campaigned in Vintage racing events around the world and have inspired a number of replicas.
This car was the first example built by Bryan Wingfield, a noted Jaguar collector and vintage racer, who also produced high quality replicas of other important Jaguars. The Wingfield recreations are famous for their faithfulness and high quality. This D-Type is one of three built with an alloy body by the renowned Williams and Pritchard coachbuilders.
Originally purchased by my longtime friend and fellow racer Robs Lamplough. Robs bought it straight off the 1975 London Racing Car stand for 7,900 GBP. Later owners included Richard Pilkington and Dutch vintage racer Cees den Haan. The car's is to the Le Mans long nose and vertical stabilizing fin specification, which permitted a higher top speed. It was built on a 1964 E-Type and is titled as such. It has a Ron Beatty-built 285hp 4.2 liter wet-sump engine with new triple Weber 45 DCOE carburetors and the gearbox is a fully synchronized 4-speed. The rear end is a Salisbury 4HA and the car is equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes and 16" Dunlop wheels. Fit with both a tonneau cover over the passenger bay, and a removable passenger side windscreen for two up motoring.
Featured in numerous publications to include: Graham Robson's "Jaguar D-Type and XKSS” book and the cover of the June/July 2012 issue of the Jaguar Gazette, a Dutch Jaguar publication. This car was the 1974 Wingfield brochure cover car (in which they refer to the car by their trade model name of "Deetype"). The car has a 2008 FIVA identity card and a letter of authenticity from Alan Collins.
Not repainted since built and has plenty of patina, which gives it a lovely and authentic presence which is rarely achieved in recreations. The body shows excellent craftsmanship, with excellent fit and operation. The paint was done to high standards and shows numerous flaws: scratches, chips, and a few surface cracks. The Perspex and glass are generally excellent, aside from a small crack in one of the headlamp covers. The car wears vintage type Pirelli Cinturatos on 16" alloy Dunlop wheels. The interior has a lovely patina. The leather shows some thinning to the dye and a few creases - a well-used racer feel. Dashboard is simple black wrinkle paint in nice shape, full Smiths instrumentation including an original 180mph D-Type speedometer. The 3-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel is correct in appearance and in very nice shape. The engine compartment is impressively purposeful. The classic Jaguar, in line 6 cylinder, twin overhead camshaft engine itself is clean and attractive, while the structural members and firewall show some aging and signs of use. The three Weber carburetors, wrapped headers, aluminum radiator, and dummy oil tank give the engine compartment a racing-oriented feel.
Recent extensive maintenance, including all fluids (oil, filter, transmission, differential, coolant), new front brake lines, chassis lube, new motor mount, fit Mallory dual point distributor, new ignition wires, new spark plugs, new Lucas sport coil, alignment, new Pirelli Cinturato tires, new battery cables, new battery (vintage Lucas style)and hold down, perform miscellaneous electrical fixes, fit new radiator, new cool cat fan, new radiator hoses, and fit new Weber carburetors. In all, over $13,000 spent. Runs and drives superbly.
A pleasure to drive, with a well-resolved and streetable feel. Loud but not obscenely so, tractable and well-tuned. It makes good power, which, coupled with the light weight, gives a visceral, high-performance feel which is genuinely thrilling. Brakes are effective and even in operation, and steering is tight and precise. Suspension is firm, with good body control and precise handling, but still compliant enough for street use. An easy to drive, high performance car well suited to street use, but would also be at home on the track or tours.
An exceptional opportunity to own an interesting and beautifully-made D-Type recreation. One of the most faithful recreations made, this car accurately captures the excitement of the D-Type and is further distinguished by being the first example built by one of the pre-eminent manufacturers of such cars. Its FIVA card allows it to be used in a wide variety of prestigious events, while its charming patina is unrepeatable in a newly constructed example. Recently thoroughly sorted and an outstanding turnkey example.
The car is located at our shop in Redondo Beach, California. Personal inspection by the buyer or a designated representative is encouraged and may be arranged by appointment.