o mark the 70th anniversary of the C-type sports racer Jaguar Classic is creating a strictly limited production run of new C-type 'Continuation cars', which will be hand built by Jaguar in Coventry.
This will allow historic motor racing enthusiasts to purchase a new factory-built example of the ultimate 1953 disc-braked ‘works’ C-type direct from Jaguar for the first time.
From 1952, the C-type pioneered the adoption of innovative disc brake technology in motorsport, with a revolutionary system developed by Jaguar and Dunlop scoring the first win for a disc-braked car with Stirling Moss at the Reims Grand Prix in France.
Of the 53 Jaguar C-types built in the 1950s, 43 were sold to private owners, but the production C-type specification was limited to drum-braked cars with twin SU carburettors and 200 bhp, in the style of the 1951 works cars.
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 3.4-litre straight-six engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors for 220 bhp and disc brakes.
Using original engineering drawings and company records created by the original C-type development team – including Malcolm Sayer, competitions manager Lofty England, and engineers William Heynes, Bob Knight and Norman Dewis – will ensure authenticity.
Just imagine for a moment. Sitting in an open cockpit with the wind whipping through your long flowing Covid lockdown locks and listening to a straight six being fed by triple Webers while a side exhaust bellows its mellifluous mechanical music just inches away from your ears. Bliss. Utter purr-fect bliss!