There are cars and there are cars: We’ve seen our fair share of them at White’s over the years.
But the daddy of them all has got to be, in our humble opinion, the Jaguar D Type. Of its day, the D Type was one of the most futuristic looking cars on the planet, loved by racing teams, celebrities and film stars, the kind of vehicle that turned heads wherever it went. Even today, you can put it in a line-up of other top of the range racing cars and people will still gravitate to it.
It’s a classic racing vehicle that just makes you want to get in and drive.
If you want a racing car that’s sexy on the road then the Jaguar D Type is top of the league – with its double-skin aluminium alloy body and it’s rumbling 6,000 horsepower engine, it was first produced in 1954 and figured in wins at Le Mans 24 Hour Race in the ensuing three years. Considered revolutionary at the time, the bodywork was down to Malcom Sayer who had worked for an aeroplane company during the war.
With a max speed of 172.8 miles per hour, the value of these cars can be eye-watering. The first Jaguar D Type off the factory floor all those years ago went to auction in 2008 and sold for over £2.2 million. For many classic car enthusiasts, getting their hands on a Jaguar D Type, in any condition, is something of a Holy Grail experience.
At White’s we’ve been lucky enough to handle the restoration of a Jaguar D Type that took part in the Le Mans race way back in 1957, helping to restore the paintwork and body back to pristine condition. The car even has the driver’s name, Ron Flockhart, on the door. When you dream of speed and grace, a car that looks like it should go a million miles an hour and send you into another dimension, then the Jaguar D Type certainly gets our vote for best classic car, ever.