Welcome to LaLD’s own version of Nice Price Or Crack Pipe, where we try to convince you that a tiny car is better than the real thing.
After last weekend, are you tired of hearing about the 24 hours of Le Mans? If you’re one of the 5 people who raised their hand, then you’re going to have to sit down and shut up because the Jaguar D Type is a Le Mans legend.
The D Type was created specifically to race by Jaguar. It was built from 1954 to 1957. In 1955, 1956, and 1957, a D Type won Le Mans, so this car is sort of Britain’s GT40, just with the baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and all around ‘Murica-ness removed. I say that because, unlike the GT40, the D Type was powered by a small(ish), very British XK -series DOHC inline 6 cylinder, not a great - big - ‘Murican V8. The XK series engine had an advanced valve and head configuration, and the D Type had disc brakes, so the car was pretty modern for 1955. Overall, 87 D Type’s were made; 18 factory team cars, 53 customer cars, and 16 XKSS cars.
With such low production numbers, this AutoArt 1955 D Type may be as close to real thing as you get.
This AutoArt is 1/43 scale, so you don’t get the desired, worshiped, and all holy 1/18 scale that all the cool kids have on this car. With that being said, this is a top notch 1/43.
Just look at it! You get a detailed engine, full interior, and opening and removable doohickeys! That’s right, opening and removable doohickey’s come standard!.
Look at that engine. That is a very accurate representation of an XK engine, right down to Lucas electronics wires that will make your life a living hell.
So, for $139, is this Jaguar D Type a winner? Or will it crash and burn, Ferrari style?
This AutoArt D Type can be found here.
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