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United Kingdom393RW

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Record Creation: Entered on 6 September 2017.


Record Changes

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2009-11-02 14:17:50 | Coventry Racers writes:

The record was updated:

  • Current Country was added: United Kingdom
  • Last Seen was changed from 2008 to 2009
  • Registration numbers (raw data): was added: 393RW|
  • Registration number location (raw data): was added: United Kingdom|
  • 2010-10-26 11:39:12 | Coventry Racers writes:

    The record was updated:

  • Current Color was added: british racing green
  • Factory Build Year was added: 1956
  • 2011-11-08 05:30:12 | Coventry Racers writes:

    The record was updated:

  • Factory Interior Color was added: green
  • Notes From Heritage Record was deleted, old value was: Registered 393 RW.
  • Current Interior was added: green
  • Photos of XKD605

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    Detail Photos: Engine (2)

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    2009-01-07 01:38:23 | Philippe writes:

    This was the penultimate D-type, built in March 1956 and originally fitted with the latest specification fuel injection engine. It was allocated to the Jaguar works racing team, and was entered for the Reims 12-hour race which it won, driven by Duncan Hamilton and Ivor Bueb. In 1956, the 24-hour race at Le Mans was held later than normal, at the end of July, to allow for reconstruction following the disaster in the 1955 race. Cars were also required to be fitted with a passenger door, a full-width windscreen, and a smaller fuel tank.

    At Le Mans, Mike Hawthorn and Bueb drove XKD 605 with race number 1 (and on trade plates 393 RW) but were kept back by persistent misfiring, eventually traced to a cracked fuel injection pipe. They finished sixth, while the winners were Flockhart and Sanderson in an Ecurie Ecosse entered D-type. And on 13 October 1956, Jaguar announced the company's withdrawal from racing.

    XKD 605 was then lent to the American Cunningham/Momo team and was temporarily repainted in the American racing colours of blue and white. A new 3.8-litre engine was also fitted. In the 12-hour race at Sebring in 1957, the car was driven by Hawthorn and Bueb who finished third. The car stayed in the USA until 1961 and then returned to England.

    It was subsequently painted the original British Racing Green colour again, and was lent to Italy's national motor museum, the Museo Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia in Turin, where it remained for almost twenty years before again returning to its place of birth, the Jaguar factory at Browns Lane. One of the most original D-types in preservation, it still has the 1956 Le Mans windscreen, passenger seat and door, and even sports the original trade plate registration 393 RW.

    Registration mark: 393 RW
    Chassis number: XKD 605
    Owner: The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust

    Info sourced from :

    2009-04-13 19:18:27 | pauls writes:

    The car is mentioned and pictured in the book "Jaguar D Type & XKSS" by Graham Robson. Numbered 25 in the '56 Rheims race mentioned above.

    2009-04-13 20:56:29 | pauls writes:

    Recorded in the above book as one of "works team cars '56 "XKD601-XKD606. All with full width appendix C screens and anti roll bar. All these cars are mechanically similar to '55 works car, some had fuel injection. XKD603 and 606 sold to Ecurie Ecosse for '57 to be semi works team cars along with '55, XKD504.

    2009-06-22 06:46:30 | Rich Harman writes:

    After Sebring 1957, 605 was raced extensively by the Cunningham team, mostly driven by Walt Hansgen, throughout the year, including wins at Lime Rock, Elkhart Lake, Marlboro, Montgomery, Thompson Raceway, Watkins Glen and Bridgehampton.Hansgen also won it in at the Orange Bowl at the beginning of 1958.

    2009-08-14 10:01:36 | pauls writes:

    Car participated in the '09 Mille Miglia

    2010-03-06 14:09:34 | Sam writes:

    I am trying to help out a friend we need the plate hight for the racing jags for the la mans races. if some one has that info can you please e-mail it to me at

    thank you

    2011-11-08 02:50:34 | Pekka T. writes:

    A commercial, but very nice video can be seen (in HD) in here:

    2012-02-06 10:57:42 | pauls writes:

    Nice video at Gasoline Veins:

    2012-05-22 17:38:37 | santos mont writes:

    An video of this XKD605 with registration # 393RW can be seen on-line at: ...

    or in HD at:

    Engine rebuild by JAGtechnic

    in that video at the frame in 52'' (seconds) you can see the factory plate with the serial numbers of the engine and gearbox. The number E4001-9 it seems be wrong... please anyone can check and confirm that!

    2017-01-08 15:36:33 | pauls writes:

    Also a blog about engine rebuild on facebook.

    393 RW 1956 Long Nose D-Type Engine Rebuild
    Albums393 RW 1956 Long Nose D-Type Engine Rebuild
    Updated 6 years ago
    The removal of the engine of 393RW in pictures. JAGtechnic were chosen by the Jaguar Heritage Trust to undertake the full rebuild of the engine in preperation of this years upcoming events.

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