Jaguar D-Type 1955 Le Mans Winner # 6 Diecast Model

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AutoArt 1955 Jaguar D-type 1955 Le Mans Winner # 6 Hawthorn/Bueb diecast car
  • Year: 1955
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Jaguar
  • Code: AA65586
  • Model: D-type 1955 Le Mans Winner # 6 Hawthorn/Bueb
  • Scale: 1:43
  • Color: Green
  • Points to redeem: 2,142
  • Note: With openings

Jaguar entered a version of the D-Type in the 1955 Le Mans 24 hour race with a bonnet seven inches longer than the standard model. Hence the name "Long nose D-Type". The car had a cover above the passenger space, a fin behind the driver's head and a higher windscreen.

Under the bonnet the XK engine had a new wide-angle head and larger valves, which boosted the 3.4 litre 6-cylinder engine with three Weber carburettors to 265-270 bhp. The car could reach a maximum speed of over 300 km/h and was able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.

The three factory teams competing in the race were Ferrari, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. The outcome was overshadowed by the worst accident in the history of motor sport. About two hours into the race, two cars collided on the race track. A Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR was catapulted into the air and crashed amongst the crowd. The car disintegrated, killing the driver and seventy-seven spectators and injuring many others. The race was allowed to continue in order to prevent departing spectators from crowding onto the roads and obstructing the approaching ambulances. Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb won the race in the Jaguar D-type, achieving a record average speed of 107 miles/hour (172.3 km/h).

AUTOart has launched the legendary Jaguar D-type in 1:43 diecast in its Signature series. Despite the size which is only 3.8” (9.7cm) long, it has full opening of door, bonnet, detachable passenger top cover and the rear spare tire cover with metal hinge. The front grill mash is made of photo-etched plate. The engine's complex spark plug harnesses and carburetors with inlet ram-pipes have been reproduced in great detail. The steering wheel is made of photo-etched spokes injected with plastic rim printed with wooden texture.

The model consists of 58 diecast and plastic injection parts, 13 chrome-plated parts, 62 metal screws/nuts/wires and 11 photo-etched parts. The trimming and polishing of the diecast metal parts is a labor intensive process in model making. Every single edge and corner of the casting must be slowly trimmed by hand. In order to achieve a perfect paint finishing in consistent shading and to show no ripple or orange peel effect, the entire body surface must be polished evenly and smoothly by hand before applying the paint. After the painting process, the surface of the model is once again buffed with wax to give it a perfect finishing.

Coloring of the model alone requires close to a hundred workers involving 78 free spray paint and mask spray paint processes and 31 tampon printing processes. Every model is in fact crafted and handled by more than two hundred workers along the production line. The whole development of the model takes more than one year to complete involving dozen of engineers.

-AUTOart

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