Known by connoisseurs as the “glass fiber car”, this superb prototype originally emerged from Jaguar’s experimental department, which had incorporated its chassis in an investigational glass fiber XK-SS, thus creating the world’s first monocoque sports racing car created from composites. That very composite experimental body accompanies the car today and will be included in the sale of this magnificent piece of Jaguar lore. Adorned with proper D-Type coachwork in the 1970’s and built into a conventional production D-Type, this one-of-a-kind sports car has been successfully raced with FIA papers ever since and is regarded as a significant piece of Jaguar’s racing history.
“Few of us could dream of owning such an historical road-going sports racer as this”, said Rod Egan, Managing Partner and Chief Auctioneer. “It represents a truly unique opportunity for a collector to acquire a ‘key cog’ in the developmental stages of Jaguar’s most well known and respected racing automobiles. Simply put, the car and its history are spectacular.”
Other early consignments at the fifth Houston Classic Auction include a 1933 Duesenberg LaGrande Dual Cowl Phaeton, 1936 Delahaye 135 S Competition Court Teardrop Coupe, 1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta Coupe, 1960 Scarab Grand Prix Race Car, 1965 Guldstrand Corvette Race Car and 1957 Chevrolet Corvette COPO race car. Quality consignments are still invited and may be discussed with either Rod Egan or John Kruse on (260) 927-0000.
Held in conjunction with the fourteenth annual Keels and Wheels Concours D’Elegance, the Houston Classic Auction is on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. Full details on the sale, admission and advance bidder registration can be obtained by calling (260) 927-0000 or visiting www.wwgauctions.com.
[Source: Worldwide Auctioneers]