|D-Type||British Racing Green|
|Open Two Seater|
|Right Hand Drive|
|1954||British Racing Green|
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Record Creation: Entered on 20 October 2008.
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Registered OKV 3
Third 1954 works car; Le Mans, Whitehead/Wharton (race number 15), ret'd; Reims 12 Hours, Whitehead/ Wharton, 1st; Brighton Speed Trials, Dewis; Prescott Hillolimb, Walker; used for Guild of Motoring Writers test day, Goodwood; displayed at Brussels Motor Show; 1955 Silverstone, Hawthorn, ret'd, but set new lap record; Goodwood Nine Hours, car lent to Hamilton/Rolt, ret'd; February 1957 sold to John Coombs (his great friend John Young states that he owned OKV 3, bought it for about £3000, "you couldn't sell them!"); 1959 sold to Dickens & Cartwright; sold to Chipstead Motors; sold to John Love (South Africa); Luanda GP, Rhodesia, 1st; 1960 South African GP (Libre race), 7th (2nd sports car); sold to Neville Austin; Bulawayo, two races, 1st and 2nd; Salisbury, 6th; 1961 Border 100, East London, 6th; Laurenco Marques, 1st; Kyalami Nine Hours, crashed; December 1961 sold to Rondalia Touring Club, who began restoration; 1966 sold to Paul Hawkins, who shipped car to UK; rebuild completed by Temple Panels, London; 1967 sold to John Melville-Smith (Malvern, UK); crashed at Prescott and rebuilt at works; completed May 1968; 1969-70 raced for owner by Martin Morris; 1971 crashed at Snetterton; crashed car sold to Morris and rebuilt; then raced extensively and very successfully during 1970s and 1980s; also used for touring in Europe, America and New Zealand; raced in 1990s by David Morris; still owned by Martin Morris (Exeter, UK).
Photos of XKC404
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Interior Photos (3)
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Detail Photos: Engine (5)
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2009-01-04 12:23:38 | pauls writes:
Some information about this car from JAG (www.jags.org) is located at:
And also at:
2009-01-07 23:36:43 | pauls writes:
3 of the above pictures of XKC004 courtesy of and copyright West Coast British.
2010-09-08 15:06:06 | pauls writes:
Car now in The Mallya Collection:
2011-01-20 05:12:24 | Pekka T. writes:
Participated in the C & D-type reunion, Tennessee USA in 2001, an article at:
2011-03-24 09:04:50 | David Herbert writes:
As a boy, I thought the D type was the world's most beautiful car. When Mike Hawthorn won Le Mans with one in 1955 I became a firm fan of his until his untimely death in 1959. In 1960, John Love brought OKV 3 to my home town, Bulawayo, in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and raced it at local tracks. That was the first time I ever saw a D type in the metal and I was blown away by the beautiful lines of that car. At the time John Love and Jim Redman (6 times a GP motorcycling world champion) ran a garage business together in Bulawayo.
Not just a joy to look at, the D type also made the most wonderful noise. OKV 3 had a stubby exhaust with twin exit pipes that ended just behind the cockpit on the left side. They complimented the beauty of the car and I'm sad to see that OKV 3 now has a non-original rear exit exhaust. It's not right, mate.
John Love became my racing hero when he bought the D type. Born in Bulawayo 1924 and died there in 2004. In between he won the British Saloon Car Championship in 1962 (mini Cooper) and earned second place at the 1967 South African Grand Prix, driving an outdated four cylinder Cooper F1 car. He would have won it too, if he hadn't had to make a splash & dash fuel stop.