The 1956 Le Mans race was also won by a D-Type, but managed by the Scottish Ecurie Ecosse team and not the Jaguar factory entry. Ron Flockhart and Ninian Sanderson beat off strong competition from an Aston Martin DB3S, driven by Sterling Moss and Peter Collins, and a Ferrari 625 LM.
Ironically, the most successful year for Jaguar cars came after Team Jaguar had withdrawn from motorsport at the end of 1956. In the 1957 Le Mans race, five of the top six places featured D-Types with Ron Flockhart returning with a new driving partner, Ivor Bueb, to guide the Ecurie Ecosse team to first place for the second consecutive year. The team also eclipsed the previous record number of laps completed, recording 327. Ecurie Ecosse also came second, with two other Jaguar D Types finishing third and fourth. This was the last time a Jaguar would win at Le Mans until 1988.
Ferrari’s second success of the decade came in 1958 with a Ferrari 250 TR58 winning in atrocious wet weather conditions. The final race of the 1950s was won by another British motoring legend, Aston Martin. Under the David Brown Racing Dept team, American Carroll Shelby (of AC Cobra fame) and Brit Roy Salvadori skillfully steered an Aston Martin DBR1 around the Le Mans track, to secure the car’s first and only victory in the race.