Jaguar Classic is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the legendary C-type sports racer by creating a strictly limited production run of new C-type continuation cars. The C-type originally was made between 1951-53 and became known for its exceptionally fluid shape created by Jaguar Cars designer, aerodynamicist and artist Malcolm Sayer.
The C-type 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.
In 1952, the C-type was the first to adopt the innovative disk brake technology and in 1953, this classic car won the Le Mans 24 hours again, another first for brake discs.
Dan Pink, the Director of Jaguar Classic, said: “Driven by some of the most-admired racing drivers in history, 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.”
Of the 53 Jaguar C-types built in the 1950s, 43 were sold to private owners. 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, including a 3.4-litre 6-cylinder engine.
Additional options available to C-type Continuation customers include an FIA-approved Harness Retention System or rollover protection. Not just for show, these authentic new C-types will be eligible for historic racing, track and closed-road use.