#7275 Jaguar D-Type XKD 606 (1956) Louwman Museum
Jaguar D-Type XKD 606 (1956) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
In 1957 Jaguar drove to victory with this D-TYpe XKD 606 at Le Mans. Jaguar dominated Le Mans in the 1950s, winning in 1951, 1953, 1955 and 1956, first with the C-types (the first car with disc brakes to win Le Mans) and then with the D-types. Jaguar withdrew from racing at the end of 1956 as the factory wanted to concentrate on its production cars. Yet five D-types appeared for the 1957 race, all privately entered. The private team Ecurie Ecosse based in Scotland participated with two 'dated' factory Ds. This XKD 606 was crewed by Flockhart and Bueb, and the second car was driven by Lawrence and Sanderson. Flockhart and Bueb took the lead after three hours and held onto it. The predominantly experimental Ferraris and Maseratis with drivers such as Moss and Fangio dropped out one by one, and Flockhart and Bueb's Jaguar drove to victory with a nine-lap lead on the number two car, the Lawrence and Sanderson D-type. The other D-types took third, fourth and sixth places. The XKD 606 had achieved a hattrick for Jaguar in 1957, with three consecutive Le Mans wins. The car covered a record 4397 kilometres at an average speed of 183 km/h (about 114 mph), a record which remained unbroken for four years. After Le Mans, the discarded D-type ended up in the club racing scene. Finally, following a crash, the car was split in two: the body and rear-wheel suspension, and the front sub-frame and engine. Both halves were then completed with replica parts, forming two separate, "original" cars. The Louwman Museum managed to acquire both cars, and following a lengthy and historically accurate restoration project the original components were reunited, returning the car to the condition it was in when it was so successful in 1957.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.