Ralph Lauren’s (Other) Collection: 1955 Jaguar D-Type

Posted on February 24, 2011


The Jaguar D-Type, like its predecessor the C-Type, was a factory-built race car.

I’m sure that the Batman theme song circa Adam West is currently playing in your head (should you be an old foggy like myself) and I won’t blame you-retrotastic styling, curvy bodywork complete with wind busting tailfin it does bare some resemblence to the campy Caped Crusader’s vehicle of choice but what you’re looking at is essentially a rich man’s toy- the highly collectible and immensely vintage 1955 Jaguar XKD.

Ralph Lauren’s (Other) Collection

Other than being a hirsute fashion designer, Ralph Lauren had a remarkable eye for industrial beauty. His passion for his other great love– automobiles parlayed into one of the most respectable collections of vintage cars on the planet; among his treasured wheels- the 1955 Jaguar D-type. [Read more at Augustman.com]

As soon as it was introduced to the racing world in 1954, the D-Type was making its presence felt. For the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans the new car was expected to perform well, and perhaps even win. However, the cars were hampered by sand in their fuel.

View the collection at The Art of Automobile exhibition: 28th April – 28th August 2011 at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Seventeen outstanding cars, chosen by curator Rodolphe Rapetti, and put on display by Jean -Michel Wilmotte, outline the main phases of European automobile history.

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