Jaguar has revealed its third continuation car, the D-Type.
The six-cylinder roadster joins the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type and the Jaguar XKSS continuation cars in the program the company developed in 2014 to re-issue modernized versions of its most iconic models, Jaguar said in a statement.
This latest car, although made this year, will look exactly like the original D-type, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times from 1955 to 1957.
Tim Hannig, the director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, characterized the car as a "once-in-a-lifetime" project.
The D-Type is likely to cost more than 1 million pounds ($1.4 million), judging from previous continuations.
An original D-Type once owned by Bernie Ecclestone, former head of Formula 1, was offered for sale for $12 million last month at a Gooding & Co. auction in Arizona.
While that one didn't sell, Sotheby's sold a 1955 D-Type in 2016 for almost $22 million. Against those prices, this new one, for what will likely cost less than $2 million, looks like a bargain.
The D-Type is special because of its rarity, racing wins, and body styling. Its shape was heavily influenced by the most advanced aeronautical technology of the time, with a monocoque cockpit fashioned from sheets of aluminum alloy. At the time, designers followed a practice that originated in the field of aviation: putting the fuel in the vehicle's tail.
Every aspect of the new version will follow authentic, original specifications, including the sleek hood, wide-angle cylinder heads, quick-change brake calipers, and unmistakable tail fin.
The interior will have the same round speedometer dial, thin wooden and metal-perforated steering wheel (right-hand drive, of course), and four-speed manual shifter. The steel on the exterior will also be the alloy. At the time of its original debut, the car had 250 horsepower and could hit a top speed of 269 kph (167 mph).
Clients can even choose to buy either a 1955-spec shortnose or a 1956-spec longnose version. Deliveries will start later this year.