For a few days every March, the best parts of Amelia Island aren’t golf courses and tropical foliage but the hundreds of priceless automotive classics on sale and display at the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. This year’s jewel is a super-rare 1955 Jaguar D-Type, an open-top racer with which Jaguar won Le Mans outright three times in the late fifties. RM Auctions expects it to sell for around four million dollars.
This example, XKD530, raced from the day it was delivered, and its parts ultimately ended up in two different cars. Now, for the first time in 35 years, all extant components have been combined back into a single racer, resulting in one of the most original D-Types in the world. We might have preferred the car to have kept its original British Racing Green paint, but there’s no arguing that a jet black two-seater with chopped-down windscreens and an aerodynamic fin looks properly menacing.