Jaguar D-type
1/8 scale
1955 longnose

 

Jaguar D-type 1955
Diamond Cars 1/8th scale model

 

 


The D-type, introduced in 1954, was essentially an up-rated C-type with a more powerful engine plus an improved chassis and more aerodynamic body. Although it had no official name but names like C-Type Mk II and D-Type were rumoured, the latter stuck. It was the first Jaguar to use a monocoque type chassis. The small frontal area allowed for high top speeds at the long Le Mans straights. To ensure stability at high speeds, the D-Type was equipped with a big fin behind the pilot's headrest. The 1955 and 1956 cars were equipped with a longer nose for even higher top speeds. D-types won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956, and 1957. All in all 86 D-types were built, including the street version XKSS.

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