The C-Type Comes Back To Life

Jaguar will reincarnate only a limited number of specimens, each reflecting specifications of the 1953 Le Mans-winning race car.

It was in September 2021 when Jaguar Classic confirmed the C-Type Continuation series. Also, Jaguar’s in-house skunkworks for reviving historic cars would hand-built only a limited number of specimens. Why? It’s the 70th anniversary of the C-Type, a competitor that lived a short life (just 2 years) but became one of the most important cars in Jaguar’s racing history.

After 3,000 hours of careful construction by hand and passing the initial shakedown test, the first iteration is ready to leave Jaguar Classic Works and be with its owner. The C-Type Continuation number one is finished in Pastel Green with Suede Green leather seats. It is inspired by the racing car that won the 224-mile long, 50-lap race at the Reims Grand Prix Meeting on June 29, 1952. Sir Stirling Moss drove it, and it was the first C-Type equipped with disc brakes to win in an international competition.

All C-Type Continuations will also pack the original powertrain – a 3.4-litre straight-six mill with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors belting out 220bhp. Jaguar says each engine takes about 9 months to construct (also by hand), while other details in its housing are reminiscent of the period. For instance, the four-speed gearbox is accompanied by a Plessey pump, which feeds hydraulic fluid into the brakes. Indoors, there’s the original Lucas rear-view mirror and Smiths clocks and gauges.

And here’s the real kicker for all owners of the C-Type Continuations – your car is FIA-approved. That means you could participate in all FIA Historic events, including the Jaguar Classic Challenge.

The Jaguar C-Type Continuation has 12 exterior colour options, with the optional roundel in white or ‘Old English White’ and in-period Jaguar logos on the bonnet and steering wheel. For the leather seats, there are eight colours.

Bringing back cars from the pages of history is not a new thing. Besides Jaguar, we’ve seen such stints from Bentley as well. The Crewe-based brand recently confirmed that a second pre-war classic is all set to make a comeback. Click here to read about that.

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