The Jaguar D-Type is the iconic 1950s Jaguar sports racing car that won a hat-trick of Le Mans victories from 1955 to 1957. Revolutionary at the time, the D-Type was designed with aerodynamics in mind, and featured an aluminium monocoque cockpit section, a bag-type fuel tank in the tail, and a dry-sump engine lubrication system. The D-Type first appeared at Le Mans in 1954, finishing second. After winning in 1955 and 1956, D-Types took five of the top six places in 1957. Today, genuine D-Types are highly sought-after, and many examples are still active in historic racing. In February 2014, a 1955 D-Type, with race history, was sold for a record price of GBP2.7 million. This Manual includes numerous contemporary photographs, in addition to detailed images of various D-types in the workshop today, and input from restoration specialists and engineers. A fascinating insight into a legendary sports racing car.
Chas Parker's experience of motorsport publishing includes roles as a sub-editor and occasional contributor to Autosport and Motorsport News, Britain's leading motorsport weeklies. He has written several motorsport books, including Haynes's Brands Hatch: The history of Britain's best-loved motor racing circuit and Silverstone: The home of British motor racing. He lives in East Sussex.
*Published in the year of the 60th anniversary of the D-types final Le Mans victory in 1957. *The D-Type Story - origin of the XK120, developed into C-type, then D-type. Competition history, including Le Mans 1955-57. Last models modified to XKSS specification. *Anatomy of the D-Type - concentrating on the engineering details of a main 'project car' (chassis, bodywork, engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, etc), also including details of the important differences between specific examples: short nose v long nose, 3.4-litre v 3.8-litre engine, etc . *The engineer's view - interviews with people such as Chris Keith-Lucas, Dick Crosthwaite and John Pearson who have worked on D-types in recent years. *The driver's view - interviews with drivers who have raced D-types in period such as Mike Salmon and Peter Sutcliffe, as well as those who have raced them in modern historic events such as Wyn Percy. Also Norman Dewis, who tested the cars during their development. Archive insight from drivers such as Mike Hawthorn and Paul Frere about their experiences in period. *The owner's view - views from present-day owners. *Individual chassis histories - a brief look at the history of each of the original chassis built by the Jaguar factory. *Restoration and historic racing - a look at restoring and racing a car today. *Appendices - specifications and race results.