Jaguar Classic is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the legendary C-type sports race car by creating a strictly limited production run of new C-type Continuation cars, which will be hand-built at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Coventry.
The C-type Continuation programme will allow historic motor racing enthusiasts to purchase a new factory-built example of the ultimate 1953 disc-braked ‘works’ C-type direct from Jaguar for the first time. The C-type, which was originally made between 1951-53, was famed for its exceptionally fluid shape by Jaguar Cars designer, aerodynamicist and artist Malcolm Sayer.
The C-type won the famous Le Mans 24 Hours on its debut in 1951, scoring the first of Jaguar’s seven outright wins at the French endurance race. From 1952, the C-type pioneered the adoption of innovative disc brake technology in motorsport, with a revolutionary system developed by Jaguar and Dunlop scoring the first win for a disc-braked car with Stirling Moss at the Reims Grand Prix in France and contesting the 1000-mile Mille Miglia in Italy.
The C-type won the Le Mans 24 Hours again in 1953, another first for disc brakes, and also enjoyed success in the hands of private owners, which contributed to Jaguar finishing as the vice-champion in the inaugural World Sports-car Championship.
“Driven by some of the most-admired racing drivers in history, the C-type laid the foundations for Jaguar’s success in endurance racing and is synonymous with design and engineering innovation”, said Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic.
“Seventy years on, Jaguar Classic is proud to be able to utilise the latest innovations in manufacturing technology, alongside traditional skills and unrivalled expertise, to reintroduce this legendary car for a new generation of enthusiasts to enjoy.”
Of the 53 Jaguar C-types built in the 1950s, 43 were sold to private owners. The production C-type specification was limited to drum-braked cars with twin SU carburettors and 200bhp (149,14kW), in the style of the 1951 works cars. Eight new C-type Continuation cars will be built ahead of a racing-inspired celebration event for their owners in 2022.
Each example will reflect the 1953 Le Mans-winning works team car specification, including the 3.4-litre straight-six engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburetors and disc brakes. Building on the experience gained with previous Jaguar Classic Continuation programmes for Lightweight E-type, XKSS and D-type, Jaguar Classic engineers have consulted Jaguar’s archives and cross-referenced scan data taken from an original C-type in conjunction with the latest computer-aided design technology to create the most authentic new C-type possible.
Exclusive access to the original engineering drawings and company records created by the original C-type development team, including Malcolm Sayer, competitions manager Lofty England, and engineers William Heynes, Bob Knight and Norman Dewis, ensured the authentic 1953 specifications are accurately maintained.
Taking that engineering CAD (computer-aided design) data a stage further, for the first time ever the Jaguar Classic is also able to give customers the opportunity to visualise their C-type Contin-uation virtually using a specially designed online configurator. This new tool at classicvisualiser.jaguar.com allows users to compare colour and trim options from the 12 authentic exterior colours and eight interior colours available, and apply optional racing roundels, steering wheel badge and bonnet badging.
Additional options available to the C-type Continuation for customers include an FIA-approved Harness Retention System or rollover protection. Not just for show, these authentic new C-types will be eligible for historic racing, track, and closed-road use. Visit www.jaguar.com/classic, where you can find more information on the full range of cars, services, parts, and experiences offered by Jaguar Classic.
Jaguar Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar enthusiasts worldwide. A team of highly skilled engineers at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry specializes in the outstanding E-type Reborn restorations and building exclusive New Original Jaguar Continuation cars.