H&H Classics | 12-Oct-2016 | Imperial War Museum Duxford | Venue : Duxford Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 99
Year : 2002
Engine Size : 4235cc
Colour : Met. Blue
Interior : Cream
Registration No. : KLM517N
Chassis No. : 2NB278DN
Engine No. : 8L87673S
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


- Factory built and correctly registered with the DVLA as a 'Le Mans Sports Jaguar D-Type'
- Based on a Jaguar XJ6 Series II donor vehicle complete with 4.2 litre engine and manual transmission
- Cream upholstery, turned aluminium dashboard, independent rear suspension and side-exit exhaust
Original examples of Jaguar's Le Mans specification C and D-Type Jaguars rarely come to market these days and, when they do, these multi-million pound vehicles are way beyond the pockets of ordinary mortals. For this reason there has for some time been a thriving market in evocations. Among the businesses involved has been David Yoxall's Le Mans Sports Car Company, which produced D-Type replicas in Westbury, Wiltshire from 1997 to c.2000. The right-hand drive example offered is understood to have been built by them courtesy of an XJ6 Series II donor car, that provided the major mechanical components including: the all-round independent suspension, rear subframe with inboard rear disc brakes, 4.2 litre straight-six XK engine and four-speed manual gearbox. Finished in Metallic Blue and trimmed in Dark-blue piped Cream-coloured upholstery, this crowd-stopping two-seater additionally features knock-off Dunlop-style alloy wheels, side exhaust, engine-turned aluminium facia, wood-rim steering wheel and a luggage locker secreted beneath the rear clam. It is correctly registered as a 'Le Mans Jaguar D-Type' as opposed to adopting the identity of the donor vehicle, has had three former keepers and been in the current ownership since 2014. The 16,000 indicated miles is presumed to represent the total to date. 'KLM 517N' is now being offered complete with a fresh MOT certificate and is deserving of a caring new home.
The monocoque construction D-Types were produced by Jaguar Cars between 1954 and 1957 - records suggest a total of 18 factory versions and 53 customer ones. Between them they were victorious in the all-important Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1955, 1956 and 1957 - the first triumph falling to the Works car of Mike Hawthorn and the latter two to the Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse. The XKSS was a road version of the D-type, of which just 16 examples were made.