You expect to hear about ultra-rare Ferraris fetching record prices at auction. Pre-war Bugattis, too. But this $11 million beast is a Jaguar.

And not just any Jaguar, either. This 1956 long-nose D-Type, arguably the most beautiful creature ever to leave the gates at Coventry, was driven by Ivor Bueb and Duncan Hamilton to a win at Reims in 1956 before placing sixth at Le Mans and third at Sebring with Bueb and the legendary Mike Hawthorn, the British driver who went on to win the F1 championship for Ferrari before retiring only to die in a crash behind the wheel of another Jaguar while suffering from kidney failure.

Jaguar took 393RW out of its archives earlier this year to run it at the Mille Miglia revival race, but it needed a little work. So rather than undertake the restoration in-house, they turned to the JAGtechnic department at the Harvington Motor Company, which rebuilt the engine, overhauled the brakes and suspension and generally got it up to spec for the event.

Follow the jump to see the result and take in that delicious raspy burble as it glides across the English countryside.

Maintaining The Brand - JAGtechnic from Harvington Motor Co on Vimeo.



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      Gubbins
      • 3 Years Ago
      God, that is a TERRIFIC video--an stirring and emotional tribute to a milestone car from a milestone era. The sights and sounds of that magnificent motor in that stunning countryside are enough to bring one to tears. The producers of this mini masterpiece truly understand and have reverence for the Jaguar brand. Kudos!
      wonky donky.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lovely car, but they managed to convey almost no information, while having comically-long intro and credits and driving really freaking slow. I can haz editor?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      grumPy
      • 3 Years Ago
      beautiful, supurb car but i wanna hear the car not sum doofus semi romantic music - am i supposed to find another car fan and hold hands while i watch the video ?
      Erik
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a beautiful car. Why can't there be a series dedicated to cars with bodies like this, motivated by modern powertrains, suspensions, brakes, and tires? I can't imagine anything better...
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Erik
        You can buy such things. Prepare to sell your house, and a vital organ to get one.
      ccweems
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry but I'll have to push the BS buzzer on the 11 million dollar amount. These cars were largely hand built to begin with and didn't take an inordinate amount of time build. Once all the drawings are found or recreated it shouldn't take much more time to make another one. All of the original production technologies and skills are still available. If you assume that half the parts are available (things like engine, transmission and dashboard instruments for example) but will have to be rebuilt and the remainder were built from scratch you couldn't come up more than a quarter of the amount quoted assuming labor and engineering at $100/hour. Remember the Glickenhaus P4/5 Ferrari was built for 4 million dollars and it was a far more complicated vehicle.
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ccweems
        Clearly you don't understand why anything has value then. What you're saying is technically true but this car is greater than the sum of its parts. Its emotional value. It makes you want it when you look at it. It has history, it's famous, it's beautiful. In that way, it's priceless. A replica will never be worth as much as the real thing, ever.
        ticklmecho
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ccweems
        Seriously? I don't usually comment but your comment was such a mixture of knowledge and stupidity that I had to rise to the bait. Cars with race-history are worth much more than the materials/labor used to create them. Shelby Daytona Coupes for example.
        mylexicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ccweems
        Record auction price for a Jaguar D-type is $4M. Regardless of whether or not he is an idiot, no D-type has ever fetched double digit millions in a publicly reported sale AFAIK.
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      nikescar
      • 3 Years Ago
      This might be some sort of automotive blasphemy but I think this is one of the least attractive racers from that era.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Steelies are just unacceptable on an $11,000,000 vehicle. (It's a joke people)
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most beautiful Jag- XJ-13.
      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Breathtaking, what a masterpiece!
      jjdaddyo
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is the crappiest photoshop job I've seen in a while.
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