Jaguar D-Type (1955 Le Mans Winner) - 1:43 Scale Diecast Model Car
June 11, 1955 stands forever as motor racing's darkest day, when a catastrophic accident at the 24 Hours of Le Mans left over eighty people dead and scores injured. The story of the horrific crash is well-known by now: Mike Hawthorn's Jaguar D-Type braked hard to enter the pits, causing the slower Austin-Healey of Lance Macklin to swerve into the path of the charging Mercedes-Benz 300SLR of Pierre Levegh. The Mercedes launched over the hapless Healey, disintegrating as it impacted an earthen embankment (and killing Levegh instantly), its engine and undercarriage scything through the crowd of spectators. Amid the carnage, the race was allowed to continue, with Hawthorn and co-driver Ivor Bueb claiming a hollow victory in the Jaguar.
Due to the tragic circumstances of the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans, we offer AUTOart's 1:43-scale replica of the winning Jaguar D-Type not as a celebration of its victory, but rather as a straightforward historical document. As such, it is a brilliant specimen, offering an unparalleled level of detail in a diecast metal 1:43-scale car thanks to its opening parts that reveal a fully realized engine compartment and interior.
SPECIFICATIONS: 1:43 scale (approximately four inches in length). Diecast metal body, features opening hood, drivers door, passenger tonneau and rear hatch. Comes with acrylic dust cover and display base.
PERFECT FOR: Jaguar enthusiasts. Collectors of 1:43-scale Le Mans-winning cars. Racing historians who recognize the importance of acknowledging the tragic aspects of the sport's early days.