The D-Type can be beat

Jaguar’s D-Type, among the most iconic vehicles in the British brand’s history, would lose a race to 60 mph with a somewhat unlikely opponent — the new I-Pace electric crossover.

We mention the D-Type because Jaguar Classic — the branch of the company that looks after its classic vehicles, provides restoration services and occasionally builds limited batches of authentically reproduced collector vehicles — is manufacturing 25 D-Types. The cars likely will sell for more than $1.4 million each and will be nearly indistinguishable from the 1955 model that won numerous races.

Historical accounts show the original D-Type needed 4.7 seconds to reach 60 mph. The car — both old and new versions — is powered by Jaguar’s legendary double-overhead-camshaft inline-six. Although no official times have been booked yet for the upcoming I-Pace — it’s due this fall — Jaguar Land Rover officials say the battery-powered five-seat crossover reaches 60 mph in about 4 seconds.

As for top speed, the I-Pace wins that race, too. The D-Type could reach 167 mph, while the I-Pace, media reports say, is tuned to go 200 mph.