|Open Two Seater|
|Right Hand Drive|
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Record Creation: Entered on 1 May 2020.
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Originality: Noted for being in "original condition"
Supplied to Henlys, Manchester, UK; sold to Gillie Tyrer; 1956 Queensferry Sprint Trials, organized by Chester Motor Club, achieved 131.58mph over flying 1/4 mile; sold (according to log book) to Futura Rubber Co (Alex McMillan); raced quite successfully by McMillan in club events; Silverstone final 1955 meeting, 1st x 3 and best lap of the day; 1956 sold to Murkett Bros (Huntingdon); painted white and raced by Henry Taylor; Snetterton, 1st; 1957 Spa, 3rd; 1958 sold to Jock McBain & raced for Border Reivers team by Jim Clark; competed in 20 events with no retirements & achieved 12 wins; Team manager Ian Scott-Watson mentioned in correspondence with 'Lofty' England that they had a driver of 'extreme promise'; Clark achieved first 100mph lap on an unbanked track in the UK; also raced for Border Reivers by Jimmy & John Somervail & Jock McBain; winter 1958/59 sold to Alan Ensoll who tried to convert car into an XKSS; sold to Robert J. Duncan (Crumlin, Northern Ireland) and raced there; 1964 sold to Bryan Corser (Shrewsbury, UK); rebuilt as D-type & painted BRG; sold to Walter Hill; 1979 sold to Willie Tuckett; regularly used in historic racing; crashed in early-1980s and rebuilt by Martin Morris; driven by author [Porter] during preparation of this book; William Tuckett (Devon, UK).
Photos of XKD517
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2009-04-14 17:46:46 | pauls writes:
According to "Jaguar D Type & XKSS" by Graham Robson car was dispatched Sept. 12, 1955. Registered TKF 9 to A. McMillan.
2009-10-05 21:14:37 | pauls writes:
Now listed as sold by above vendor.
Chassis Number: XKD517 and Registration Number: TKF 9 Originally finished in pastel green, XKD517 was delivered new to Henlys of Manchester. It was owned in turn by Gillie Tyrer, Alex McMillan and then the Murkett Brothers of Huntingdon, who painted it white (the colour it wears today) and campaigned it for Henry Taylor. He won at Snetterton and finished third at Spa. In 1958 it passed into the hands of Jock McBain and the Border Rivers team. Its principal driver during that year was rising star Jim Clark. In his talented hands it finished all 20 races for which it was entered and notched up 12 outright victories. An exceptionally original car, it now provides a unique opportunity to acquire an integral part of one of the most charismatic periods of British motorsport.
2009-10-17 14:33:29 | Philippe writes:
Seen at Spa-Francorchamps, September 2009. Finished 3rd in Woodcote Trophy race, driven by Pearson/Monteverde.
2011-02-28 15:32:48 | Claude writes:
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2013-01-21 03:26:49 | David VALENTINE writes:
The car was Brg when Ensoll owned it. he also had it for sale for £800!
2014-02-13 17:59:31 | Chris Adams writes:
When it belonged to Alex McMillan it was very successful, McMillan also had several other racecar's over the years that he successfully raced, one of which was an Aston Martin DB2 MYT 625, www.myt625.co.uk.
2015-05-13 20:41:19 | Chas writes:
This car was raced at Thornaby Airfield in 1959 by the then owner Alan Ensoll, he also used the car on public roads with a modified rear end which removed the Fin and fitted a Boot Rack when he and his Wife went on holiday in the car!!
2020-09-26 14:35:27 | Mike Mayfield writes:
I have written a somewhat lengthy and detailed update on the history of "D" Type XKD 517, with specific references to the racing careers of Alex MacMillan and Jim Clark with the Nottingham Sports Car Club between 1954 & 1958.
As the piece clearly exceeds your 1000 word limit, I am unable to send it via your Web page. Please advise if there is another way I can get it to you, as I feel it is of interest.
Club Archivist, Nottingham Sports Car Club.