|Open Two Seater|
|Right Hand Drive|
|1956||British Racing Green|
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Record Creation: Entered on 25 October 2008.
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Supplied to Importadora Salvadorena SA, San Salvador; mid-1956 sold to Mauricio Miranda; seriously damaged in accident shortly after; late 1956 returned to works for repair; February 1957 awaiting instructions to proceed when car was completely destroyed in factory fire; car replaced by XKD 549; to assist export documentation, car assumed identity of XKD 537.
Photos of XKD537
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Exterior Photos (5)
Interior Photos (1)
Detail Photos: Engine (6)
Detail Photos: Other (1)
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2008-10-28 02:05:54 | Roger writes:
Car is currently owned by Bruce McCaw, Washington state.
2009-04-14 18:12:06 | pauls writes:
According to "Jaguar D Type & XKSS" by Graham Robson car was dispatched Apr. 23, 1956. Exported to Central America.
2010-02-08 11:54:08 | Rob Reynolds writes:
If this is the car owned by Paul Petty of Litchfield, Conn then I know it. Paul got to know as when he was living in Hanover, NH back in the late 1960's. He got to know my father, Dr. Reynolds of Dartmouth College through their interest in firearms- Paul being an avid Winchester collector. Paul brought the car up for the summer (1968 or 1969) and stored it in our garage. He gave us rides and also taught me to drive (in Dad's Buick that is). The Jag was pretty, fast and loud as hell- I think it had a 47 gal gas tank. He got pissed when my little sister drew a smiley face with her finger on the dust that had accumulated on the car.
2011-06-13 15:05:40 | Larry Schear writes:
Walt Hansgen, of Bernardsville, NJ, apparently acquired the car from the factory after the post-fire restoration. It then bore the ID plate for XKD-537. He sold it to Tom Foreman, of Stanton Station, NJ, his then-current or former mechanic from Hansgen's Jaguar dealership, who actively campaigned it in SCCA competition. I met Tom during that period (late 'Sixties). It was red, and I got quite a hairy ride in the passenger's "seat" over some North Jersey roads one afternoon, and actually drove it once (10 feet, backwards, to re-position it for a picture at the Atco Dragway (now Atco Raceway) in Atco, NJ, during a Delaware Valley Jaguar Club speed event!). Tom traded it as partial payment for a yellow Cooper Monaco to Herb Wetson (Wetson's 15-Cent Hamburgers) in Long Island, NY, to acquire a more competitive car; I helped Tom deliver it on a flatbed trailer (I couldn't raise the cash then to buy it myself!). I think Wetson straightened out one small crease in the bonnet, repainted it BRG, and sold it 2 weeks later to Paul Petty's family.
2012-01-07 20:32:56 | Mike Foreman writes:
My father (Tom Foreman) did own xkd 537 for some time. He bought it from Maurico Miranda in Miami Florida. After flat towing the D type back up to Flemington New Jersey with a homemade towbar behind the station-wagon, he started racing it in SCCA. Thoughout ownership with my father, the car remained red in color with the only modification being a hoop-style rollbar under the headrest. The car was succesfully raced in the northeast region, despite the D types natural tendency to favor high-speed circuits-unlike Lime Rock and other courses in th Northeast. XKD 537 was able to spend some of its glory on public roads in New Jersey under temporary registration and had a few trips up to the Big-Apple. When is the last time you saw a Le-Mans prototype on public streets? Of all of the racecars and different classes my father competed in, he will alway say the D type was the most enjoyable to drive- from its perfect driving position, to its predictable 4-wheel drifts and stunning looks.
2012-01-22 19:58:24 | Trevor writes:
I'm not sure if this note will find you but I wanted to give it a shot. About 2 years ago I was looking at buying a horse farm across the street form your dads empty house. There was a car in an open shed up on jack stands. The motor was out and on a stand not far from the car. Is there any chance I could speak with you about that vehicle? Kind Regards, Trevor 201-404-1500 cell.