Would You Rather: Jaguar D-Type or Ferrari 250 GT Competizione

In our last Would You Rather, the newly redesigned Porsche Panamera fell to the older, yet more rawkus Audi RS7 by a single point. Despite the outcome, you guys overwhelmingly favored the Porsche on our Facebook page, so I guess we’ll have to arm wrestle to settle things. Now, as Monterey Car Week approaches, we’re turning our focus to more classic wares, in a pair of mid-1950s road racers.

Not many Jaguar D-Type cross the auction block — mainly because fewer than 100 examples were ever built — but even among the few ever built, there’s only one Le Mans winner that has survived largely intact. Chassis No. XKD 501 is that very car, and it’s up for auction next month. There’s also a rather special Ferrari up for grabs. The Ferrari 250 GT Competizione ‘Tour de France’ doesn’t have the same competition pedigree as the Jag, but it is an old, rare Ferrari — a formula that always translates to sky-high hammer prices.

Heading to Monterey next month? Let’s find out which you should place you bid on.

LOOKS: The D-Type was built to win at Le Mans, and its aerodynamic puts that intention on display. Easily one of the prettiest cars ever built.


LOOKS: While it’s not quite as pretty as other 250 Ferraris, the 250 GT Competizione has a scrappy, aggressive look about it. The silver-gray paint job looks spot on too.


LOOKS: Ferraris almost always win the beauty contest, but not this time.

Jaguar D-Type: 1

Ferrari 250 GT Competizione: 0

DRIVETRAIN: The D-Type’s 3.5-liter straight-six produces 250-horsepower, with the help of three Weber 45 DCO3 carburetors. It’s all channeled to the rear axle through a four-speed transmission. Additionally, the D-Type was one of the first cars ever fitted with disk brakes.


DRIVETRAIN: The Ferrari 250 GT Competizione’s glorious 4.0-liter SOHC V-12 produces 260-horsepower, which puts its power to the ground through a four-speed, syncromesh transmission.


DRIVETRAIN: It barely produces more power, but Ferrari V-12s are impossible to pass up.

Jaguar D-Type: 1

Ferrari 250 GT Competizione: 1

RACING PEDIGREE: As mentioned before, this very F-Type won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1957, but other D-Types won the same race in 1955 and 1956. The 1957 race was particularly successful, when D-Types took five of the top six positions.


RACING PEDIGREE: The 250 GT Competizione made its name in road races, and this particular example competed in the 1956 Mille Miglia and 1959 Tour de France. It also secured three in-class wins in lesser-known races during the 1959 season.


RACING PEDIGREE: No contest here. The Jaguar is a legitimate Le Mans winner.

Jaguar D-Type: 2

Ferrari 250 GT Competizione: 1

COLLECTIBILITY: RM Sotheby’s expects this car to sell for between $20 million and $25 million, which would put it among the most valuable cars ever sold. Well deserved considering its rarity and extraordinary history.


COLLECTIBILITY: It won’t exceed the legendary and massively expensive Ferrari 250 GTO in terms of collectibility, but it’s an extremely desirable car that RM Sotheby’s expects to sell for between $7 million and $9 million.


COLLECTIBILITY: Both are solid investments, but the D-Type’s rarity and history should give it unparalleled residuals. If you happen to be in Monterey next month, be sure to check out both the Jaguar and the Ferrari at the RM Sotheby’s event.

Jaguar D-Type: 3

Ferrari 250 GT Competizione: 1

You can’t go wrong with either of these lovely cars, but the Jag takes this week’s contest with a decisive victory. Let us know on our Facebook page which you would add to your collection.


Jaguar D-Type images: Patrick Ernzen courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Ferrari 250 GT Competizione images: Darin Schnabel courtesy of RM Sotheby’s