1955 Jaguar D-Type
pebble beach cars rm jaguar
Auctioneers: RM Auctions
Est. value: $4,000,000 - $5,000,000

The D-Type has one of the most instantly recognizable race car bodies ever created. With its bulging aerodynamic curves, it was designed specifically to win the LeMans endurance race.

This car was originally ordered by a Finnish racer who, wanting to avoid import duties for a new car, asked that it be built looking used. Factory workers complied by scuffing the pedals, replacing the new steering wheel with an old one and even cranking the odometer forward a few miles.

For part of its life, this car was fitted with spiked tires and used primarily for ice racing. Later, this D-Type's body and chassis were separated and used for two separate cars. Those two cars were later brought back together, and the original parts reassembled to create the D-Type seen here.

  @peterdrives - Last updated August 18 2013 01:58 PM ET
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