Remember the limited run of Jaguar C-type Continuations we mentioned back in January? Well, the first one made its public debut at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace…
In yet another continuation series, Jaguar Classic will create a strictly limited run of eight ‘new’ C-types in celebration of the iconic model’s motorsport heritage, 70 years after it first raced to victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
All vehicles will be hand-built at Jaguar’s Classic Works in Coventry, to the specification of the 1953 ‘works’ C-types that dominated that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, scoring the C-type’s second Le Mans win and continuing a run of motorsport success for the company.
Dan Pink, Director, Jaguar Classic:
“The C-type is one of the most iconic cars in Jaguar’s illustrious racing history, driven by some of the most admired drivers in history. The C-type Continuation keeps Malcolm Sayers’ iconic and advanced design alive thanks to the first application of 3D CAD drawings by Jaguar Classic, marrying design and motorsport heritage with the very latest engineering tools.”
The new C-types will utilise modern disc brake technology which was introduced post 52’ developed by Jaguar and Dunlop leading to the first victory for a disc-braked car with Stirling Moss at the Reims Grand Prix in France and contesting the 1000-mile Mille Miglia in Italy.
Power will come from the tried and tested Le Mans-winning works team car 3.4-litre straight-six with the addition of thirsty triple Weber carburettors delivering a half-decent and slightly boosted 220bhp.
All C-type Continuations are FIA-approved, with eligibility in participating historic race championships, including the Jaguar Classic Challenge, which races at Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone. To comply with regulations, the C-type Continuations will be fitted with FIA-approved Harness Retention System and rollover protection, effectively integrated into the rear bulkhead, also reassuring for those customers just looking to enjoy on track or closed-road use.
Other FIA-required fitments include a fire extinguisher with engine and footwell extinguishers, neatly controlled by in-period additional toggle switches in the cockpit.
Owners have 12 exterior colours to pick from, including Suede Green, Cream, Pastel Blue and British Racing Green, and the opportunity to enhance the exterior to their own specification with door roundels finished in White or Old English White.
Jaguar C-type Continuation: technical specification
Powertrain and chassis
Hand-built 3.4-litre DOHC in-line six-cylinder engine
Produces 220bhp @ 5,800rpm
Triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors
Four-speed manual transmission
Plessey pump fitted to gearbox
Hand-rolled 16-gauge aluminium
12 exterior paint options
Optional door roundels
Optional Jaguar badging
16-inch, 60-spoke wire wheels
Eight leather seat colour options
Original Lucas rear-view mirror with three-quarter windscreen & Brooklands Aeroscreen
Smiths clocks and gauges
15-inch Bluemel steering wheel
Optional harness retention system
FIA-approved fire extinguishing system
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