Jaguar Classic is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the legendary C-type sports racer with a limited production run of new C-Type Continuation cars.
The Continuation Jaguar C-Type will be hand built at Jaguar’s world-class Classic Works facility in Coventry.
The C-Type Continuation programme will allow historic motor racing enthusiasts to purchase a new factory-built example of the ultimate 1953 disc-braked “works” C-Type direct from Jaguar for the first time.
The C-Type, originally made between 1951 to 1953, was famed for its fluid shape. It was designed by aerodynamicist and artist Malcolm Sayer.
The car won the gruelling Le Mans 24 Hours on its debut in 1951, scoring the first of Jaguar’s seven outright wins at the French endurance race.
From 1952, the Jaguar C-Type pioneered the adoption of disc brake technology in motorsport. A revolutionary system developed by Jaguar and Dunlop scored the first win for a disc-braked car with Stirling Moss at the Reims Grand Prix in France and contesting the Mille Miglia in Italy.
The Jaguar C-Type won the Le Mans 24 Hours again in 1953, another first for disc brakes. It also enjoyed success in the hands of private owners, which contributed to Jaguar finishing vice-champion in the inaugural World Sportscar Championship.
Of the 53 Jaguar C-types built in the 1950s, 43 were sold to private owners. However, the production C-Type specification was limited to drum-braked cars with twin SU carburettors and 200bhp, in the style of the 1951 works cars.
Eight new C-Type Continuation cars will be built ahead of a racing-inspired celebration event for their owners in 2022.
Each example will reflect the 1953 Le Mans-winning works team car specification. They will be powered by a 3.4-litre straight-6 engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors for 220bhp.
Jaguar Classic’s engineers have consulted Jaguar’s archives and cross-referenced scan data taken from an original C-Type in conjunction with the latest computer aided design technology to create the most authentic new C-Type possible.
Additional options available to C-type Continuation customers include an FIA-approved Harness Retention System or rollover protection. These authentic new C-Types will be eligible for historic racing, track and closed-road use.