Jaguar Classic recently re-started production of the iconic 1950s D-type race car in Coventry, 64 years after the first examples were built.
In 1955 Jaguar planned to build 100 D-types but only 75 were completed; Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company’s original ambition by creating 25 all-new, period-correct sports cars.
Reims, France. 30th June – 1st July 1956. Ivor Bueb/Duncan Hamilton (Jaguar D-type), 1st position, takes the chequered flag followed by Mike Hawthorn/Paul Frere (Jaguar D-type), 2nd position and Desmond Titterington/Jack Fairman (Jaguar D-type), 3rd position, action. World Copyright: LAT Photographic.
The triple Le Mans-winning D-type is the third Continuation vehicle to come out of the Jaguar Classic workshops, following six missing Lightweight E-types completed in 2014-15 and nine XKSSs built in 2017-18.
Scalextric 1955 Jaguar D Type
To celebrate what is undoubtedly a British racing icon, (I own a British racing green Jaguar D Type Scalextric car) and as an extension of Bremont’s previous collaborations with Jaguar, dating back to 2014, the British watch manufacturer has designed a mechanical chronograph designed to transport the wearer back to this golden era of motorsport.
“The Jaguar D-type is a truly iconic competition car that is just as remarkable today as it was when it was first produced. It has an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races due to its robust engineering, something we champion at Bremont. Continuing its legacy by completing the original planned production is very special indeed and we’re delighted to be celebrating with the launch of our new Limited Edition”.
Nick English, Bremont Co-Founder
As the D-type was classified as a 300 bhp car, the new timepiece will be limited to only 300 pieces. The blue dialed bi-compax chronograph (inspired by Pantone’s of the Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar race team) has brushed nickel sub-dials and a Tachymeter dial ring with its chronometer-rated movement housed in a 43mm satin finished three-piece TripTick case.
The large exhibition sapphire case back shows the beautifully finished mechanical BE-50AE movement and the intricate Jaguar steering wheel inspired rotor.
“The Bremont D-Type chronograph is inspired by one of the most dramatic and beautiful sports cars in history – a sports car which is a true embodiment of Jaguar’s racing heritage. As exciting today as it was in the 1950s, its story continues to be told and this iconic car deserves a timepiece to match. The Limited Edition perfectly captures the D-Type’s mechanical beauty and subtly nods to the cars’ performance – a true driver’s companion”.
Ian Callum, Design Director for Jaguar
The D-type, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957, was powered by the six-cylinder XK engine.
With exclusive access to original Jaguar engineering drawings and records, the new D-type will be built to the authentic specifications laid down by competitions manager Lofty England and his engineers in the 1950s.
D-type clients can choose either a 1955-specification Shortnose or the 1956-spec Longnose bodywork. Although sharing many of the mechanical components of its C-type predecessor, the D-type had an innovative monocoque construction and state-of-the-art aerodynamics designed by aeronautical engineers, including its vertical fin or stabilizer.
Etched into the watch crown is the original Dunlop tire tread and on its end is the synonymous Jaguar logo finished with enamel.
The Bremont D-type watch will be set on a blue racing calf-skin strap. Waterproof to 100 meters, the watch comes complete with a three-year warranty and special leather packaging individually signed by Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director or Design