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Record Creation: Entered on 5 May 2022.

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Originality: Noted for being in "original condition"


Car History

Supplied to Henlys, London; sold to Col. Ronnie Hoare; used as road car; 1959 sold to John Coundley; sold back to Hoare; 1961 sold to Nigel Moores; 1972 mentioned by Michael Bowler in Jaguar 50th anniversary supplement in Motor as having only 14,000 miles on the elock; 1988 sold to Yoshiyuki Hayashi (Japan); 1989 sold to Brooks/Louwman stable.

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2008-11-07 16:49:20 | Roger writes:

There is an article on Hemming's about this car:

2009-04-14 17:42:38 | pauls writes:

According to "Jaguar D Type & XKSS" by Graham Robson car was dispatched Sept. 21, 1955 to Col. R.J. Hoare, UK, registered RRU 1.

2010-03-22 23:37:20 | Michael Ashcroft writes:

This car was often raced by Bill Allen, father of former ITV Formula 1 commentator James Allen, at the Aintree Club Circuit. On many occasions he raced against his friend and owner of the car, Nigel Moores, who often entered another car from his stable, just for fun.
Often scene around the roads of Liverpool in the 60's and 70's - eventually sold by the estate of Nigel Moores.

2011-05-16 10:26:00 | pauls writes:

Car is said to have been shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2006.

2011-05-19 17:20:39 | pauls writes:

Car was reported to be at RM auction, Monterey, California in '01. Not sold.

Auction detail:

Lot 288 Jaguar D-Type XKD 515 Est. value on request, high bid $950k

2011-11-10 15:36:37 | pauls writes:

Car was said to be at auction in '00

Lot 353: Jaguar D Type Shortnose (1955)

Collectors Motor Cars, Brooks (19 August 2000)

Auction Collectors Motor Cars

Brooks, Carmel Auction Centre, Carmel

Type Car

Lot Number 353

Estimate £900000-£1300000

Outcome SOLD

Hammer Price -

Hammer Price (inc premium) £1103500

Year 1955

Condition rating 1

Registration number

Mileage -

Chassis number XKD 515

2012-08-27 19:52:27 | Tom Schultz writes:

According to the July/August Vintage Motorsport magazine, this car is owned by a Jim Taylor in New York state.

2014-04-27 20:55:03 | Anonymous writes:

Jim Taylor's car displayed in hotel ballroom at 2014 JCNA AGM in Boston. Sadly, bonnet remained closed.

2015-03-12 02:38:51 | Jeff writes:

My dad loved D types and I have a model he built as a kid. I also have two color slides that were from my late father of this car dated Sept. of 1959. Looks to have been here in the United States and likely at an airport course. RRU 1 number plate visible and 28/31 on right rear quarter. Plan on getting scanned and prints made...

2017-03-13 15:40:37 | pauls writes:

Car attended the Amelia Island Concour - Festival of Speed March 8-12, 2017

2022-05-05 08:32:35 | pauls writes:

The car to be at auction 10/22 ...

Auction description:

Broad Arrow Auctions, a Broad Arrow Group Company, is thrilled to announce the single owner offering auction of Mr. Jim Taylor, taking place this 14-15 October in his hometown of Gloversville, located a short distance from Albany, New York.

The incomparable highlight of the offering, however, is the 1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer. Mr. Taylor’s car, XKD 515, is considered by marque specialists to be one of the most original examples extant and owes its authenticity to the fact that it was largely spared from competitive racing when new and instead was used primarily as a road car. As the 15th of the 42 examples originally built and having had the benefit of a pampered life, the Taylor D-Type remains one of the finest pedigreed cars of the breed. Simply put, it is one of the best, no-excuses Jaguar D-Types on the planet.

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