NEWS – The English manufacturer is launching a reissue of the Type C which opened the scoring at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 70 years ago.
It was bound to happen someday. After the lightweight Type E which opened the series of copies, then the Type D and the XKSS, Jaguar announces the marketing of a limited series of the legendary Type C. Even if it means shocking collectors, the manufacturer of Coventry operates until the vein of the construction of replicas of its most legendary models. The Type C has a special place in the Jaguar nomenclature. It is the model which opened the score of the English brand at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and which made it possible to install the feline at the top of motorsport.
If it borrows its 3.4-liter XK six-cylinder from the XK120, the Type C has little to do with the sports car shown at the London Motor Show in 1948. The Type C defended the Jaguar colors for three seasons – from 1951 to 1953 – before giving way to the famous Type D. It has an impressive track record punctuated by two victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1951 and in 1953. We owe the arrival of disc brakes in motor racing from 1952. In total, Jaguar produced 53 copies of this magnificent “Sport”, 43 of which were for customers or private teams.
The 70th anniversary of its first victory in the Sarthe, Jaguar therefore decided to relaunch the production of the Type C. The men of the Jaguar Classic department chose to recreate the 1953 model, the most efficient. For the sake of authenticity and preservation of the characteristics of the original model, the program relied on the brand’s archives and original study drawings made by the team behind the design of the Type C – Malcolm Sayer himself, Race Director Lofty England, as well as engineers William Heynes, Bob Knight and Norman Dewis. Jaguar Classic engineers also took advantage of the measurements collected with the scan of an original model.
The Type C Continuation is the first vehicle in the reissue series that can be viewed virtually by every customer thanks to a specially designed online configurator. This allows them to choose among the twelve body colors offered at the time and the eight available interior colors, but also to opt or not for the white circles intended for the race numbers, the badge on the steering wheel or those on the bonnet. . Based on other Jaguar reissues, the Type C Continuation should be sold at a price of over 1 million euros.