Jaguar, a British multinational car company based out of Whitley, Coventry, England, is most commonly associated with luxurious and sophisticated automobiles. The company also has a long standing lineage in motorsports stemming back to the 40’s when it was building some of the finest and fastest production vehicles in the world. Without a doubt, some of the classic moments of motorsport success for the company would have to be their dominant performance at Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1950’s. Beginning with the C-Type which claimed victories in 1951 and 1953, then succeeded by the D-Type winning in 1955, 1956 and 1957 which later led to the development of the XKSS.
The aforementioned Jaguar XKSS was commissioned as a road-going version of the Jaguar D-Type racing car. At the end of 1956, Jaguar took a brief hiyatus from motorsport. They were left with a number of completed and partially completed D-Types which had no purpose at the time. That is until Jaguar decided to convert the D-Type remains into road going versions for an American market which was eating up anything foreign and high performance at the time. Minimal changes were made to make the D-Type road legal, but it is worth our effort to spend a little bit of time to relive the master piece which was the D-Type.