A little more than 50 short nosed cars are produced for the trade. After the 1956 season Jaguar observes the saturation of the market and all the chassis remaining in the factory are converted into the road going XKSS limited series. Ecurie Ecosse's victories at Le Mans in 1956 and 1957 do not revert the termination of the D-Type.
Selling it was never easy. A red painted D-Type sent to a dealer in Manchester in December 1955 cannot find a buyer. Returned to London, it finally dazzles a driver who buys it to Bernie Ecclestone acting as a trader. After an intense participation in British races from 1956 to 1958, the car becomes the property of the female driver Jean Bloxham who races it twice.
This D-Type has never been modified or damaged and has even been preserved in its original color. Its former owners praised its comfort and its ideal handling in heavy rain. Unused for many years, it is waiting for a serious servicing. Undoubtedly becoming one of the most desirable D-Type cars, it is estimated $ 10M for sale by Gooding in Scottsdale on January 19, lot 55. Here is the link to the press release.
Many D-Type cars have been modified by their owner during their glorious period, for changing the engine volume or installing the longer nose. Here are some results including premium for commercial D-Type with also a fair competition history : $ 3.9M by RM Auctions in August 2013 (this car was later sold for $ 3.7M by the same auction house, in March 2015), £ 2.6M by Bonhams in December 2013, € 3.7M by RM Sotheby's in February 2014.
A triumph obviously brings an added value. The winning car from 1956 Le Mans with Ecurie Ecosse was sold for $ 21.8M including premium by RM Sotheby's on August 19, 2016.