WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MOMO MODIFIED LONG NOSE BONNET?

This is a mission.

When former Le Mans works Long Nose D-Types XKD506 and 508, on loan to Briggs Cunningham in the US, were rolled on one weekend, along with Brigg’s own identical D-Type XKD507, the team’s highly credentialed engineer Alfred Momo (who created the Jaguar 3.8 litre engine and ran it for the first time in these cars), decided to change the shape of the fins and add larger cooling vents in the bonnets.

Long story short – ‘506 and ‘508 were returned to the factory, and the cars were scrapped.

As Jaguar began to run out of spares, it sold parts of those two cars to competitors driving D-Types, and that included the bodies, bonnets and rear panels.

XKD502 got the fin and rear end from XKD508 – and also the former entire main body – when it was repaired.

However, the Momo bonnet from 508 was sold to the owner of XKD504, also a former works Long Nose racer.  That seems to have been in 1963 after it had been badly damaged by Lwt E-Type racer Peter Sutcliffe.

Now.  We know the rear fin from XKD508 in Momo form still exists – but the big question is – what happened to the Momo bonnet from XKD504???

Someone must know …

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