Short-nose or long-nose? Fin or no fin? It’s not easy trying to decide what your dream Jaguar D-type might look like, but with 25 or so gathered outside our office we thought we could go some way to helping you pick yours. We’ve also had a go ourselves!
With all the cars lined up there’s no getting away from the popularity of British Racing Green, although the Flag Blue of the Ecurie Ecosse cars seems almost as iconic. There’s something in those contrasting stripes… plus you could have your D-type with single, double and triple white stripes for that personalised touch.
But what if you prefer something a little less ubiquitous? Several cars present are resplendent in a rather pleasant pale blue, and those with a more gallic manner may prefer the deeper French racing blue (sadly, not photographed).
But being Goodwood Road & Racing we’re up for standing out a little, which rules out both the gorgeous BRG and the Flag Blue of the Ecurie Ecosse cars. Instead I’d plump for the lemony hue of car number 10, pictured.
The D-type was first penned with that bluff short nose and, sure enough, for many the purity of Malcolm Sayer’s original is spot on. But for the 1955 24 hours of Le Mans, a more aerodynamic long-nose was used. This raises an interesting choice – bluff or smooth? For presence (and ultimately, speed) it’s the long-nose for me.
Hump or fin?
One could order one’s privateer short-nose D-type with first a hump or, later, a fin behind the cockpit. The later long-nose D-types came with a fin only. As for ‘my’ D-type? I’m not going to get bogged down in detail. I’d opt for a long-nose and the hump too, for that smooth as a pebble look. Or something like that…
There’s brown, grey and black leather for the seats and, while most of the cars have those natty (and noisy) side exit exhausts, there are a few rear-exiting exhausts thrown in for good measure. I’ve already dipped into the realms of fantasy D-types with this de-finned long-nose (a combination that doesn’t actually exist), so let’s also add those famous Ecurie Ecosse nose stripes, in white, complete with the wonderful hexagonal Jaguar badge. Brown leather and the obligitory thin-rimmed steering wheel complete the look.
But hang on
Yes, I’ve somewhat ignored the pair of sensational XKSSs also lurking in the paddocks, but I’d be after the full-on, split cabin feel of the racers. Now all I need is a pair of goggles…
We’re not exactly in agreement here at Goodwood Road & Racing over what would make a perfect D-type, so I’ve invited my colleagues to chime in within the comments section below. Disagree with our choices? You know what to do…