In 1951 Jaguar unleashed its C-Type (or “XK120-C”), a cutting-edge race car that quickly went on to achieve an overall win at the fabled 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with a slew of other speed and distance records. Almost certainly the most iconic car ever produced by the British marque, the “Competition-Type” was only produced for three years, during which time just 53 examples were built. However, with 2021 marking the C-Type’s 70th anniversary, Jaguar has opted to commemorate the occasion with a range of new C-Type Continuation cars from the firm’s Classics division.
Built to the exact spec as the 1953 C-Type Le Mans racers, the C-Type continuation packs a 3.4L straight-six engine that’s fed via a trio of Weber carbs and pumps out 220hp. Using archived company records and original blueprints, the C-Type and its William Heynes-penned tubular frame and aluminum bodywork has been painstakingly recreated using CAD software before being crafted by hand. What’s more, each C-Type Continuation unit will be custom made-to-order, with customers being given the option to select their livery color and accents, exterior badging, and interior color, amongst numerous other options. To learn more about the project you can check out the company’s website linked below.
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