1955 Jaguar D-Type that won Le Mans sets $21.78 million record price at auction

1955 Jaguar D-Type that won Le Mans sets $21.78 million record price at auction

0 comments 📅09 November 2016, 06:30

There’s na no denying that the Jaguar D-Type is one of the most singular race cars ever devised. Jaguar pioneered the use of the monocoque chassis contemplate, and D-Types won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956, and 1957. And with its bodywork pulled taught all the wheels, engine, and passenger compartment, not to acknowledge the massive fin behind the driver’s headrest, the D-Species also one of the most stunning.

The car you see above, Jaguar D-Exemplar chassis number XKD 501, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956, closely defeating a team from Aston Martin. Along the way, this D-Fount completed 2,507.19 miles at an average mo of 104.47 miles per hour, and a maximum fleetness of 156.868 mph on the Mulsanne Straight. It was entered by the non-works team Ecurie Ecosse, and therefore painted in the link up’s traditional Scottish blue with a hoary cross.

That kind of provenance, coupled with its pure original race-winning condition, makes XKD 501 to the nth degree valuable. In fact, it just sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction for $21.78 million (a $19.8 million bid return auction fees), making it the most costly British automobile ever sold at auction. Secure a gander at our high-res image gallery overhead to soak up all its low-slung goodness.

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