Jaguar has officially unveiled a new-build C-Type sports car as its fourth authentically recreated continuation model, following similarly conceived D-Type, XKSS and Lightweight E-Type models.
Eight models will initially be produced, each true to the original Le Mans-winning specification, driven by a hand-built 3.4-litre straight six producing 220bhp and mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The car also features refurbished Weber carburettors and a period Plessey hydraulic pump.
“This is the best version of the 1953 C-Type,” said Dan Pink, director of JLR Classic. “We’ve used all the drawings that were done in the period and then put those together digitally, which then the engineers have worked from.
“Each of the C-Types were made in such a short period that each of them are slightly different. That is the best example of what can be done when we take all the original drawings and technical specifications and put them all together,” Pink said.
Owners can select from 12 exterior colours, including Suede Green, Cream, Pastel Blue and British Racing Green, and can also add race-inspired roundels. On the inside of the car, eight colour options are also available for the leather seats, and the car is controlled with a 15in Bluemel steering wheel.
The car was designed using original design specifications and AutoCAD software, a first for a Jaguar continuation model. The C-Type Continuation is also FIA-approved, meaning it can participate at historic racing events.
Many of the parts used for the continuation model have been sourced and reconditioned, including its Lucas rear-view mirrors, the three-quarter Brooklands race screen and Smiths clocks positioned in the cockpit. Some parts were more difficult than others to source due to gaps in the C-Type’s recorded history, Pink told Autocar.