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The first D-type to roll off the Jaguar production line is set to star at this summer’s Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, where it will form an impressive display as one of around 50 models on show from the great British marque.
A matching-numbers car, chassis XKD 509 is considered to be one of the most original Jaguar D-types.
And that black body? It’s a ’70s respray covering the matte dark blue on white racing livery in which it achieved podium finishes and wins.
Joining the D-type will be the 15th E-type fhc – and it has a tale to tell, too.
This car was one of six Jaguar E-types presented at the 1961 Scottish Motor Show.
It later moved into private ownership and was taken to pieces with the intention of being restored, but instead remained in its dismantled state for around 20 years before being bought in 2013.
Classic Motor Cars has since undertaken a 3000-hour restoration, using a great many of its original parts. It is finished in Pearl Grey, its original colour, and it’s the only 1961 E-type in this shade.
These and around 50 other Jaguars will vie for the fifth annual Jaguar Trophy.
Sound like your cup of tea? The Concours of Elegance is at Hampton Court Palace on 6-8 September and you can get discounted tickets plus access to an exclusive car park with Classic & Sports Car! But make sure you book in advance – click here for details.