Jaguar Classic will celebrate the 70 years of the Type C this year, by manufacturing a limited number of “continuation” copies of this model which was famous in the 1950s at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in particular.
Jaguar Classic is not at its first test when it comes to “continuation” vehicles, the team of the British manufacturer having already integrated into its portfolio E Type Lightweight, XKSS and Type D continuation which have soon found buyers. This Type C continuation should arouse the same enthusiasm among fans of old mechanics.
This “Type C continuation” program will allow a handful of fans of the brand (eight in total) to afford a vehicle identical to the Type C “factory” model of 1953, the assembly of which will be carried out in the modern workshops of Jaguar based in Coventry.
The Type C, which owes its lines to designer, aerodynamicist and artist Malcolm Sayer, was produced between 1951 and 1953 and forever marked the history of the British brand by winning from its first appearance on the event, at the 24 Hours of Mans. It was in 1951 and this success was Jaguar’s first in the Sarthe (six more will follow), the Type C of Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton ensuring a second victory in 1953.
This last success, the Type C won it with on its chassis, an innovative system of disc brakes developed in collaboration with Dunlop and installed for the first time on the vehicle in 1952. This system which notably allowed Sir Stirling Moss to s’ to impose at the Grand Prix of France disputed in Reims in 1952, then settled permanently in the discipline before being installed on the vehicles of series.
53 examples of the Jaguar Type C were assembled by the manufacturer in the 1950s, of which 43 were sold to private customers. Eight Type C continuation chassis will be offered by Jaguar, powered by a 3.4-liter in-line six-cylinder block fitted with three Weber carburettors, and developing more than 220 hp. Each model will in fact have similar specifications to the Jaguar Type C “factory” victorious at Le Mans in 1953, and they will therefore also be equipped with disc brakes. Twelve “original” liveries and eight interior finishes to choose from will be offered to future owners to dress their models, not to mention multiple options.
The eight copies of this Type C continuation, for which Jaguar has not specified the selling price, should be handed over to their owners during a special event scheduled for 2022.