There's probably no other more valuable Jaguar.
If there is only one other Jaguar that could be considered anywhere as beautiful as the iconic E-Type, it’s the D-Type. It was one of the first cars to feature monocoque construction and all-wheel disc brakes. Unfortunately, just 87 D-Types were built, along with five “Works” D-Type development cars. And one of those five is heading to auction next month at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale, Arizona event. Estimated auction price: between $12 million and $15 million. But it could go for much more.
Chassis number XKD 403 was actually the lead car of the three Works entries in the 1954 Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. Finished in British Racing Green (of course), it was assigned to none other than Sir Stirling Moss and Peter Walker, both Jaguar principal drivers who also won Le Mans the previous year. The car was designated #12 and was the fastest Works D-Type in practice. RM Auctions provides a very nicely detailed (and long) history of the car, which even the most hardcore of racing fans may not even be fully aware. But in short, this XKD 403 was Jaguar’s busiest D-Type, having participated in more than 55 races in the 1950s. It achieved five wins and 24 podium finishes.
It won Le Mans three consecutive times between 1955 and 1957. Not surprisingly, it became Jaguar’s number one factory car, with a total of 16 different Jaguar factory test drivers, including six Le Mans winners. This D-Type has been properly maintained throughout the decades, and the sale includes vital documents such as Le Mans entry forms, factory time sheets and test reports, and FIA papers. There’s even a spare RAC-stamped Works engine included. Photos courtesy of Patrick Ernzen/RM Sotheby’s.