[tps_header]$5 Million is definitely a huge amount of money to drop on a car, but when its a classic (and of course if you got it), then it’s a drop in the bucket, but well worth it too. But this isn’t just any car, where talking about a vehicle who’s legendary design has withstood the test of time and who’s iconic prowess continues to grow. This 1956 Jaguar D-Type Works ‘Long Nose’ is one of six made for the automaker’s factory racing team, and it’s about to hit the auction block.
Throughout 1955, the Jaguar experimental department had been developing an independent, de Dion rear suspension, along with fuel injection for petrol delivery, and decided to incorporate these innovations into the first car built for the 1956 Jaguar works team.
Following testing by Jaguar’s famed test engineer, Norman Dewis, XKD 604’s first competitive outing came at the Daily Express Silverstone event in May 1956; with Desmond Titterington behind the wheel, the featured Jaguar competed alongside two other works team cars. While the length of the Silverstone race did not warrant using the still novel Lucas mechanical fuel injection over the tried and true Weber carbs, XKD 604 was the only D-Type raced with an independent rear axle.
The Long Nose was eventually obtained by Scotsman Jim Tester in the 1970s, and later passed onto Michael Fisher of Britain, who commissioned its restoration by marque experts to original fuel-injected specification in 1986.
The Sotheby’s auction is scheduled for Jan. 28th, 2016 at the Arizona Biltmore.