A piece of history. Jaguar built the C-Type from 1951 to 1953 with the aim of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And it succeeded, already at the first participation in 1951 and in 1953. The C-Type was designed by engineer Malcolm Sayer, who used his knowledge of aircraft aerodynamics for the racing car.
Of the fifty-three Jaguar-built C-Types, forty-three were sold to private racing teams in the 1950s. They all had a 200 hp strong 3.4-liter six-in-line on board. Original C-Types fetch many millions in auctions - in 2017 one was hammered down at $5.2 million. So we are curious what the Continuation models cost.
But of course Jaguar does not make that known. That is a knowledge for the eight buyers and a question for us. The Jaguar C-Type Continuations are handcrafted to the original 1953 specifications, using the original materials. And the funny thing is: Jaguar has created a website where you can put the car together to your own taste.
Via classicvisualiser.jaguar.com you can choose the exterior color, brighten up the interior, and indicate whether you want those large white circles on the side for a start number. Because unfortunately, the Jaguar C-Type Continuation is not street legal. You may only let the historic racing car out on a closed track. As it should be, actually…
British brands have a knack for bringing their history back to life. Bentley builds new Blowers (which collectors are not happy with), Aston Martin reassembles DB4 Zagatos and Jaguar did the C-Type trick with the D-Type and E-Type. And they will undoubtedly make good money with that.
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