I don’t think this image from our archive has been published before either, and it shows Jaguar’s second placed 1954 Le Mans D-Type XKC402 – or – OKV1.
The car is seen at the Paris Motorshow the year after the winning C-Type was there, but this heroic car was part of the the D-Type’s race debut, and but for a few minor issues, would have won with Hamilton and Rolt on board again.
Sadly, while being driven back to Calais from here it was involved in a collision which sent it off the road and damaged the fin and other panels. Unlike the C-Type through, while it wears its Le Mans number, the car has obviously been tarted up after the gruelling race and before being displayed in Paris.
Duncan Hamilton bought and raced it from the end of the 1954 season before selling it to John ‘Jumbo’ Goddard who had him convert it into his road car – and which I believe inspired Jaguar to produce the XK-SS.
It then came to Australia, specifically the northern beaches of Sydney, where Jumbo lived and it remained there until his death in 1983.
It is now back in the UK and is owned by one of the founders of restoration business CMC. It is seen in historic events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
I wonder though if the car wearing the plate OKV1 is a replacement – and the original, with its Jumbo conversions, remains untouched and as it was displayed at Beaulieu for many years? I hope so and would be in favour of that.