To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Jaguar c-type, Jaguar Classic is rolling just out eight examples.
There were only 53 Jaguar C-Types built in the 1950s with 43 of them being snapped up by private buyers. The remaining cars went racing, with the thing winning Le Mans in its debut year in 1951 and then again in 1953. Inbetween, Sir Stirling Moss raced a C-Type to victory at the Reims Grand Prix; a first for a vehicle running disc brakes. It’s worth noting that production C-Types all ran drum brakes.
The eight continuation cars will be built at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Coventry and will be based on the disc-braked 1953 ‘works’ C-Type. “Each example will reflect the 1953 Le Mans-winning works team car specification, including 3.4-litre straight-six engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors for 220bhp and disc brakes,” Jaguar said.
We’ve seen Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse announce its own C-Type continuation to celebrate its success racing the C-Type, but the Jaguar Classic version will be period correct. Thanks to drawings and documentation from Malcolm Sayer, competitions manager Lofty England, and engineers William Heynes, Bob Knight and Norman Dewis, as well as cross-referenced scan data and CAD data.
To that end, Jaguar Classic will be able to allow buyers to virtually visualise their C-Type using an online configurator which is live now, check it out now: classicvisualiser.jaguar.com. We did. You can choose from 12 authentic exterior colours, eight interior colours available, and apply optional racing roundels, steering wheel badge and bonnet badging.
There’s no word on pricing because if you have to ask, well, you can’t afford it. Owners will be able to enter their period-correct C-Type into historic racing, track and closed-road events with FIA-approved Harness Retention System or rollover protection available.
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