Jaguar Classic is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the legendary C-type sports racer by recreating limited units of the C-type Continuation. Only eight units will ever be built, to add to the 53 original units from the early 1950s.
The C-type continuation will allow historic motorsports enthusiasts to purchase these new factory-built cars from Jaguar for the first time. They will be built at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Coventry, UK, where each unit will feature the specifications of the original 1953 Le Mans-winning car, including the 3.4-litre straight-six engine, with 220 hp.
The C-type was originally built between 1951 to 1953 and went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans on its debut in 1951. It was also the first of Jaguar’s seven wins at the world renowned endurance race.
It was also the first car to adopt the then innovative disc brake technology in motorsport, and went on to score the first win for a disc-braked car, with the late Sir Stirling Moss behind the wheel. The C-type won the 24 Hours of Le Mans again in 1953, another first for a disc-braked car.
Exclusive access to original engineering drawings and company records created by the original C-type development team ensure that the original 1953 specifications are accurately maintained.
“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, driven by some of the most-admired racing drivers in history, for a new generation of enthusiasts to enjoy,” said Jaguar Classic, Director, Dan Pink.
For the first time ever, Jaguar Classic is also giving customers the opportunity to visualise their C-type Continuation virtually using a specially designed online configurator. This new tool allows users to compare colour and trim options from the 12 authentic exterior colours and eight interior colours available, and apply optional items such as steering wheel and bonnet badging.
Customers can also specify the C-type Continuation to be equipped with an FIA-approved Harness Retention System or rollover protection as these new C-types will be eligible for historic racing!