1956 Jaguar D-type ‘Long Nose’ 393 RW

Penultimate D-type  (XKD 605)

This is the penultimate D-type, built in March 1956 one of twelve “long-nose” cars, six of which were Works cars and six were Customer cars.  Fitted with the latest specification fuel injection engine it was allocated to the Jaguar Works racing team, and was entered for the Reims 12-hour race on 30th June 1956, which it won, driven by Duncan Hamilton and Ivor Bueb having covered 1,332 miles (2,143.735 kms), 5 miles (8.3 kms) ahead of Mike Hawthorn and Paul Frere in another D-type.  D-types also took 3rd and 4th places with Desmond Titterington and Jack Fairman driving for Jaguar and Ron Flockhart and Ninian Sanderson driving for Ecurie Ecosse.

In 1956, the 24-hour race at Le Mans was held later than normal, at the end of July, to allow for reconstruction following the disaster in the 1955 race. Cars were also required to be fitted with a passenger door, a full-width windscreen, and a smaller fuel tank. At Le Mans, Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb drove XKD 605 with race number 1 (and on trade plates 393 RW) but were kept back by persistent misfiring, eventually traced to a cracked fuel injection pipe. They finished sixth, completing 280 laps, and set fastest lap, while the winners were Flockhart and Sanderson in an Ecurie Ecosse entered D-type completing 300 laps. The car was rebuilt after Le Mans and fitted with a five speed gearbox.

On 13 October 1956, Jaguar announced the company’s withdrawal from racing.

On 6 March 1957, the car was dispatched to Jaguar Cars New York, and was supplied as a used car to the Briggs Cunningham team and was painted in their US racing colours, white with blue stripes. It was fitted with a new works 3.8 litre engine. In the 12-hour race at Sebring on 23 March 1957, the car was driven by Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb who finished third.

The car stayed in the USA until 1961 and then returned to England.

It was subsequently painted the original British Racing Green colour again, and was lent to Italy’s National Motor Museum, the Museo Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia in Turin, where it remained for almost twenty years before again returning to its place of birth, the Jaguar factory at Browns Lane, Coventry. One of the most original D-types in preservation, it still has the 1956 Le Mans windscreen, passenger seat and door.

Having originally been driven on the trade plate 393 RW, on 18 April 1996 it was registered with DVLA as 393 RW, which had been issued in Coventry in 1959 to a Ford Anglia.  It wears race number 25 on the white roundels – its entry number from its race win at Reims.

1956 Jaguar D-type XKD605 ‘Long Nose’ – Race History


DateLocation & RaceDriversResult
1956 May 5Silverstone Tested but not raced
1956 May 27Nürburgring, GermanyDuncan HamiltonAccident during practice
Not raced
1956 June 30Reims, France
12 Hour Race
Duncan Hamilton
Ivor Bueb
1956 July 28-29Le Mans, France
24 Hour Race
Mike Hawthorn
Ivor Bueb
6th completing 280 laps
Set Fastest Lap
1957 March 23Sebring, Florida
12 Hour Race
Mike Hawthorn
Ivor Bueb
1957 April 28Lime Rock, ConnecticutWalt Hansgen1st
1957 May 19Cumberland, MarylandWalt Hansgen2nd
1957 May 26Thompson, ConnecticutWalt HansgenDNF
1957 June 9Lime Rock, ConnecticutWalt Hansgen4th
1957 June 23Road America, Elkhart LakeJohn Cooper Fitch2nd
1957 September 2Thompson, ConnecticutJohn Cooper Fitch
Briggs Cunningham
1957 September 8Road America, Elkhart Lake
500 Mile Race
Walt Hansgen
James Forno
1957 September 21Watkins Glen, New York  
1957 September 29Bridgehampton, New YorkWalt HansgenDNF
1957 October 27Virginia International RacewayWalt HansgenDNF
Walt Hansgen, driving D-types for the Cunningham team, won a second consecutive SCCA Championship
for Class C modified sports cars in 1957
1958 January 12Miami, FloridaWalt Hansgen3rd
1958 April 20Marlboro, MarylandEd Crawford4th
1958 September 13Bridgehampton, New YorkWalt Hansgen2nd

Source: Jaguar C-type, D-type & Lightweight E-type Register  – Anglo Danish Publications

Registration Mark: 393 RW

Chassis Number: XKD 605

Owner: The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust

Inventory Number: 51/J.16

Price when new: £3,878 17s 0d

Price: 422 Weeks Average Wage