A rare and historic 1955 Jaguar D-Type said to be one of the earliest and most original examples of a customer-specification will be offered for sale in Paris on February 5th 2020.
Recognised as one of the most desirable sports racing cars of all time, the historic 1955 Jaguar D-Type, chassis number XKD 520 and seventh customer model will be offered for sale in Paris with an estimate of €5.900.000 – €6.400.000.
Boasting a period competition history and still presented in highly original condition, this particular car is said to be the seventh D-Type ever produced for private customers.
The car was originally delivered new to four-time Australian Drivers’ Champion Bib Stillwell in Melbourne in January 1956 where it was used by the owner local circuits and was briefly prepared for a run at a land-speed record before returning to sports car class competition, winning the Bathurst Road Racing Championship in 1956.
It also competed in the Australian Tourist Trophy at the same location in November, where the car finished 5th. Mr Stillwell’s career in XKD 520 essentially concluded the following spring on 24 March 1957, when he took 3rd place at Albert Park.
Whilst changing hands during the 50s and 60s, the iconic Jaguar was purchased by AMPOL (the Australian Motorists Petrol Company) on behalf of Jack Davey, who was a regionally renowned wartime radio personality, then sold to enthusiast Frank Gardner, who rebuilt the still-capable race car and undertook a competition campaign of his own, taking 2nd place at Bathurst in 1958, 1st place at the Mount Druitt Hill Climb, and 3rd place at both of the Orange Racing Car Scratch Races (where he notably only lost to Grand Prix cars).
The D-Type’s was acquired by the current owner from the collection of noted Australian collector Peter Harburg in 2014, XKD 520 is accompanied by extensive documentation, including an FIA Historical Technical Passport.
It is reported to be one of the earliest and most original examples of a customer-specification D-Type, and it is eligible for the most desirable events in the world. In the consignor’s ownership, it raced at the 2014 Goodwood Revival in the Lavant Cup, which that year featured a grid exclusively comprised of D-Types to celebrate the model’s sixtieth anniversary.
Augustin Sabatié-Garat, European Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s said:
“The line-up of cars we have for sale in Paris is extremely significant, further strengthening the annual auction’s position as one of the foremost European sales. We are truly excited to bring this diverse representation of automotive history to market, with each and every consignment coming with its own story.
“The Jaguar D-Type comes with a fascinating history, while the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is incredible in its own right. In addition to the Daytona Spider and Porsche 904 also newly added, these complement a fine showing of cars already consigned to this year’s Paris catalogue.”
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