Today we have taken a look at a pair of Jaguar sports racers. The earliest is this D-Type, which was built in the summer of 1955. It was one of the first customer cars built following the design of the 1955 Le Mans winning machine. It was raced extensively during a four-year racing career. In its final season, it was driven by a very young Jim Clark for the Border Reivers team. He won a staggering 12 times out of 20 starts despite the age of the car. Today, chassis XKD 517 is owned by a Brazilian historic racer, who has regularly fielded the rare Jaguar in events around Europe.
By the 1970s, the Jaguar factory racing program had long been shuttered. In North America, Bob Tullius continued to defend the Jaguar colours with his Group 44 team. For the 1976 season, Group 44 created this XJ-S using an acid-dipped shell supplied by Jaguar directly. It was powered by a V12 engine fitted with six twin-choke Weber carburettors, which produced a hefty 465 bhp. The Group 44 XJ-S debuted halfway through the year and did not really get on steam until the following year. It helped Tullius win his class five of the ten Trans-Am rounds on the way to the Class I championship.

Enjoy the links:

1976 Jaguar XJ-S Trans-Am

1955 Jaguar D-Type (XKD 517)