The iconic 1950s sports car that took Jaguar into its golden age of racing success is being recreated in the 21st century at a cost of £ 2 million.
At Jaguar’s premier Classic Works facility on the outskirts of Coventry, near the origin of the original cars, an exclusive limited edition of the twisty C-Type Continuation vehicles is hand-built.
Jaguar Classic is launching the eight collector’s models to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the legendary C-Type competition car, which celebrated seven victories in the grueling 24-hour endurance races at Le Mans and driven by leading racing champions such as Sir Stirling Moss has been.
It paved the way for decades of racing success and for classic cars such as the D-Type and the popular E-Type of the 1960s and 1970s.
Racer reborn: Jaguar has announced it will produce 8 C-Type ‘Continuation’ vehicles that will cost between £ 1 and 2 million depending on specification
With the new Jaguar Classic C-Type Continuation Program, eight historic motorsport enthusiasts can purchase a brand new and authentic factory sample of the car that pioneered the use of disc brakes in racing – equipped as the ultimate disc brake from 1953 Jaguar ‘Works’ version.
Although no official prices have been announced and will depend on the individual specifications sought, they will be in line with previous Continuation vehicles that have sold between £ 1 and 2 million. Given the origin of the C-type, potential customers should adjust to the upper tier.
The C-Types with their 1950s technology are certified for use on the track but are not legal on UK roads.
The eight new C-Type Continuation vehicles will be built ahead of a race-inspired celebration for their owners in 2022. The first reborn C-Type is currently under construction and will be completed this summer.
Each of the eight vehicles will reflect the factory specifications awarded by the factory team at Le Mans in 1953, including the 3.4-liter in-line six-cylinder with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors for 220 hp and, above all, the pioneering disc brakes.
At Jaguar’s premier Classic Works facility on the outskirts of Coventry, near the origin of the original cars, an exclusive limited edition of just eight twisty C-Type Continuation vehicles is hand-built
The original C-Type won seven victories in the grueling 24-hour endurance races at Le Mans and was driven by leading racing champions such as Sir Stirling Moss
Of the 53 Jaguar C-types originally built in the 1950s, 43 were sold to private owners. The series specification of the C-type was limited to drum-braked vehicles with two SU carburettors and 200 hp in the style of the factory vehicles from 1951
Jaguar Classic said, “With our Continuation Program, Jaguar customers can for the first time purchase a new factory-built example of the ultimate 1953 Le Mans 24-hour C-Type.”
And it added, “These authentic new C-types aren’t just for shows, they can be used for historic races, tracks, and closed roads as well.”
Jaguar stated, “They are intended for private rail travel only, not public roads. As a brand new car, it would have to comply with applicable road traffic regulations that are not compatible with the authentic 1950s design and engineering specifications.”
Well-heeled customers can choose between 12 authentic exterior colors and eight interior colors. Here are just two examples
Each of the eight vehicles will reflect the works team specification that was awarded at Le Mans in 1953, including the 3.4-liter in-line six-cylinder engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors for 220 hp and, above all, the pioneering disc brakes
Owners can also specify a variety of things in their extremely expensive cars, including curves, badges, FIA-approved seat belts, and if they want ROPS
The Jaguar C-Type is the car that Coventry pioneered into racing.
Originally made between 1951 and 1953, it became famous for its exceptionally fluid aerodynamic shape by Jaguar Cars designer and artist Malcolm Sayer.
It became famous when it debuted the grueling Le Mans 24 Hours in 1951 and took the first of Jaguar’s seven overall victories in the French endurance race.
From 1952, the C-Type pioneered the introduction of innovative disc brake technologies in motorsport. A revolutionary system developed by Jaguar and Dunlop scored the first victory for a disc-braked car with a Stirling Moss 1000 mile Mille Miglia in Italy at the Stims Grand Prix in France.
The C-Type again won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1953, another first for disc brakes, and was also successful in the hands of private owners. This contributed to Jaguar becoming runner-up in the first World Sports Car Championship.
Of the 53 Jaguar C-types originally built in the 1950s, 43 were sold to private owners. The series specification of the C-type was limited to drum-braked vehicles with two SU carburettors and 200 hp in the style of the factory vehicles from 1951.
The cars will be brought into the 21st century and even have a holder for a smartphone or a small screen
A drawing of the original Jaguar C-Type. The UK manufacturer will use 3D scans when sharing the 8 cars to recreate each part
Jaguar Classic is launching the eight collector’s models to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the legendary Type C competition car
To recreate the C-Type for the 21st century, Jaguar Classic engineers consulted Jaguar’s archives and then referred to scan data taken from an original C-Type. This was done in conjunction with the latest computer-aided design technology to “create the most authentic new C-Type”.
This builds on the team’s experience with previous Jaguar Classic Continuation programs for Lightweight E-Type, XKSS and D-Type.
Jaguar said, ‘Exclusive access to original engineering drawings and company documents created by the original C-Type development team – including Malcolm Sayer, Competition Manager Lofty England and engineers William Heynes, Bob Knight and Norman Dewis – ensure that the authentic Specifications from 1953 are correctly maintained. ‘
For the first time, however, Jaguar Classic is also offering its customers the option of virtually “visualizing” their C-Type continuation using a specially developed online configurator.
Jaguar Classic Works already had continuation programs for the Lightweight E-Type, XKSS and D-Type
Want one You need extremely deep pockets when you are ready to place an order. Jaguar has not yet announced the demand for the cars
This allows users to compare color and trim options from the 12 authentic exterior colors and eight available interior colors, as well as attach optional racing laps, steering wheel badges and hood badges. Other options available include an FIA-approved harness restraint system or rollover protection.
Jaguar said, “The new online configurator brings 3D computer-aided design data to life and enables potential customers to virtually specify their perfect C-Type.”
Dan Pink, Jaguar Classic Director, said, “The C-Type was driven by some of the most admired racing drivers in history and laid the foundation for Jaguar’s success in endurance racing. It is synonymous with design and technical innovation.
“Seventy years on, Jaguar Classic is proud to use the latest innovations in manufacturing technology – along with traditional skills and unmatched expertise – to reintroduce this iconic car to a new generation of enthusiasts.”
Jaguar Classic specializes in the restoration, maintenance and sale of existing classics as well as the restoration of authentic originals from scratch and the procurement of original parts. The company also specializes in restoring E-Type Reborns and building exclusive Continuation vehicles.
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