Support from the Coventry Foundation: October 2023

Welcome! We're tracking 144 Jaguar C-Type, D-Type & Lightweight E-Type cars, with 2,881 photos! (Learn More) > cars > detail


Browse similar cars:

< XKD537 XKD539 >
  D-Type Ivory
 Open Two Seater 
 Right Hand Drive 
 1956 Silver
 2011 Black
 Exc. Original 
United StatesUnited States
Jaguar C-Type, D-Type & Lightweight E-Type photo

7 more photos below

Record Creation: Entered on 25 October 2008.

Database Updates: Show dataplate edits


Car History

Supplied to Jaguar Midwest Distributors Inc, Indianapolis, USA; sold to Jack Ensley (president of company); 1956 Sebring 12 Hours, with Bob Sweikert, 3rd; May, Smartt Field Races, St Louis, Ladies race, Joan Ellis, 5th (last), Sixth race, 2nd; May, Wisconsin GP, 2nd; June, Lawrenceville, 4th Class C Modified; British GP sports car race, crashed; rebuilt at works; Watkins Glen GP, 2nd (to XKD 545); sold to Barney Devlin (Pennsylvania); sold to Harry Heinl (Ohio); sold to Preston Smith (Williamsport, Pennsylvania); early 19B0s sold by Vintage Car Store, Nyack, New York; 1984 advertised by Preston Smith in Hemmings Motor News for $175,000; passed to Fred Simeone (Pennsylvania, USA).

Photos of XKD538

Click slide for larger image. This car has 8 photos. (Dates are when image was uploaded.)

Exterior Photos (3)

Uploaded September 2011:

Photo--click to zoom
Photo--click to zoom
Photo--click to zoom

Interior Photos (2)

Uploaded September 2011:

Photo--click to zoom

Uploaded March 2010:

Photo--click to zoom

Action Photos (1)

Uploaded March 2010:

Photo--click to zoom

Details Photos: Exterior (1)

Uploaded September 2011:

Photo--click to zoom

Detail Photos: Other (1)

Uploaded March 2010:

Photo--click to zoom


We now require an email address to leave a comment. Your IP will be recorded in an effort to reduce spam. (Report problem posts here.)

2009-04-14 18:13:14 | pauls writes:

According to "Jaguar D Type & XKSS" by Graham Robson car was dispatched Aug. 10, 1956. Exported to USA.

2009-11-02 10:26:41 | pauls writes:

Photos claimed to be of this car at:

2010-02-22 12:38:07 | Peter Robertson writes:

Assuming the S/N quoted by conceptcarz is correct, this car is on display at the fantastic Simeone Foundation museum in Philadelphia, USA. Painted silver, it is displayed with a silver C-type in a "Sebring" display. Exterior appears flawless.
There are also pictures of Dr. Simeone driving the car if you Google "D-Type Simeone".

2010-08-05 18:17:27 | Manuel Barje writes:

XKD538 finished 3rd at the 12 hour Sebring race of 1956, driven by Jack Ensley (owner) and Bob Sweirkert, in March 1959 it was featured in a Sports Cars Illustrated article showing a Chevrolet V8 engine being installed.

2011-09-03 20:42:09 | pauls writes:

Car was at Lime Rock Park 9/3/11 on display with the Simeone Foundation cars.

2012-04-05 15:34:01 | Harry Hurst writes:

Yes, this is the car on display here at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia ( We take the cars out for "Demonstration Days" once a month and the D-Type is one of our favorites. Please come visit the museum if you're in the area.

2022-06-18 11:19:06 | pauls writes:

Description from the Simeone Museum:

This car had been originally supplied to the Jaguar Midwest Distributors Inc. in Indianapolis, and later sold to Jack Ensley, president of the company. Its auspicious start was the 1956 Sebring 12-hour race, where Bob Sweikert and Ensley brought it to third place. More about Mr. Sweikert later. Later it raced in St. Louis, the Wisconsin Grand Prix, and the C-modified British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where it had a minor incident rebuilt at the factory. It came in second in the 1957 Watkins Glen Grand Prix, and afterwards sold to Barney Devlin, who then sold it to collector Harry Heinl, who kept it for several years, passing it on to Preston Smith, who finally offered it for sale through the Vintage Car Store.

We purchased it in 1984 in an mostly original condition, except for a Jaguar silver repaint, but otherwise intact down to the original trim. Someone added some Stewart-Warner additional gauges, and we left them in place. The car has always been a wonderful performer. The most startling feature, besides the smooth acceleration, is the very early uses of disc brakes in a race car which added to its racing performance.

Bob Sweikert is a somewhat forgotten racing hero whose tragic death at age 30 cheated us of greater adventures. Proficient with many race cars, he raced regularly and his greatest achievement was winning the 1955 Indianapolis race. After coming in third place at Sebring, his next race was a sprint event in Salem, Indiana, where his car went off the side, burst into flames, and tragically killed. At that race was his wife, a childhood sweetheart and loving companion, Dori, who later memorialized their life together in her book “Along for the Ride–A Love Story.” She writes: “Bob was the first Speedway driver to take part in the annual sports car competition at Sebring and quoted by the press as saying he’d have to learn to drive all over again. Juan Fangio, the Argentine Grand Prix world champion found time to take Bob over the 5.2 mile road course give him some pointers on the light foot handling and brakes and accelerator of that a sports car [our D-type–FAS] racing demanded. After driving a calculated conservative six hours in fifth and sixth place he came in and turned the cockpit over to Jack Ensley. Two hours later he resumed the driving waiting until the race was in its last two hours to make his move. At the end of the 12 hours he finished in third place, surprising the skeptics who said he would fail. The sports car world and some of the press applauded him for his achievement but accolades that meant most to him came from Fangio. Invitations were exchanged from Fangio to Bob to further explore sports car racing in Europe and Bob to Fangio to come to the speedway.”

It is noteworthy that in 1955 the Automobile Association of America, which sanctioned all major races since 1904, abrogated this activity because they felt the races had become too dangerous. It was at this point that the United States Auto Club (USAC) took over racing. In fact, the analysis of the race drivers in the 1955 Indianapolis, the one that Sweikert won and the AAA later abandoned, showed that of the 33 qualifiers, 17 later died in race cars! These included such greats as Bill Vukovich and Tony Bettenhausen. It pays to pause and ponder about the sport we love.

2022-11-29 15:04:24 | Kevin Seckel writes:

I watched Harry Heinl drive this car at the Toledo Speedway in a FIASCO (Fort Industry Auto Sports Club of Ohio) time trial in the summer of 1967. He had FTD, and the sound had me truly hooked. By the next year I had a beater Bugeye and ran Toledo's highbanks with FIASCO.

You may leave a comment. (Comments are subject to our site terms.)

Spam prevention question (must be answered):
The father of jokes about warm beer and smoke escaping from wires is Joseph Lucas. Lucas died of typhoid after drinking infected water in Naples in 1902.

What disease did Lucas succumb to?

Your name (optional):

Your email:
Your comment: