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MONTEREY CAR SALES WERE DOWN SLIGHTLY OVERALL, BUT DON'T TELL THIS D-TYPE'S NEW OWNER
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The Pebble Beach Concours and Monterey Car Week auctions were the perfect setting for record-breaking sales and this LeMans-winning 1955 Jaguar D-Type did nothing to quell the flow of dollars flowing from one rich guy to another. This is the only intact LeMans-winning D-Type, and it has had just two owners since it was campaigned by race team Ecurie Ecosse in the ‘50s. It sold for $21.78 million.
This non-factory-raced D-Type houses a 3.4-liter inline-six with a four-speed manual and three Weber 45 DC03 carbs. It has an independent front suspension, live rear axle with trailing links, a transverse torsion bar and four-wheel disc brakes. The D-Type was only built between 1954 and 1957 and was a predecessor to the gorgeous E-Type road car.
It was raining at LeMans in 1956 when the D-Type was parked angularly on the grid with 48 other cars. Only 14 finished the race 24 hours later and one driver was dead. This D-Type wears the blue and white of Scotland as it was a privateer team and was driven by Ron Flockhart from Edinburgh and Glasgow-born Ninian Sanderson.
Chassis XKD 501 won the race overall followed by Stirling Moss and Peter Collins in an Aston Martin DB3S and Olivier ... [more]