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CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF THE CLASSIC C-TYPE
Historic motor racing enthusiasts will have the unique opportunity to purchase new factory-built examples of the legendary Jaguar C-type sports racer. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of this iconic vehicle, Jaguar Classics is creating a strictly limited production run of new C-type Continuation cars, built by hand at Jaguar’s world-class Classic Works facility in Coventry.
A HISTORY OF INNOVATION AND PERFORMANCE
Originally produced between 1951-53, the C-type garnered attention for its exceptionally fluid shape, and won the gruelling Le Mans 24 hours upon its debut in 1951. From 1952, the C-type led the way with the adoption of innovative disc brake technology in motorsport, winning the Reims Grand Prix in France, a first for a disc-braked car, and claiming the Le Mans 24 Hours again in 1953.
THE MOST AUTHENTIC C-TYPE POSSIBLE
Eight new C-type Continuation cars will be built ahead of a racing-inspired celebration event for their owners in 2022. Reflecting the 1953 Le Mans-winning works team car specification, the new C-types will include 3.4-litre straight-six engines with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors for 220bhp and disc brakes.
Aided by Jaguar’s archives and cross-referencing scan data taken from an original C-type in conjunction with the latest computer-aided design technology, Jaguar Classic engineers will create the most authentic new C-type vehicles possible.
Dan Pink, Director, Jaguar Classic, said: “The C-type laid the foundations for Jaguar’s success in endurance racing and is synonymous with design and engineering innovation. 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.”