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Jaguar revisits its golden age once again with the C-type Continuation

Jaguar revisits its golden age...
Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation
Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation
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A peek under the skin of the original 1953 C-type
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A peek under the skin of the original 1953 C-type
Jaguar C-type number 18 driven by Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton wins the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours
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Jaguar C-type number 18 driven by Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton wins the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours
No infotainment or driver-assistance here: a preview of the Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation interior
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No infotainment or driver-assistance here: a preview of the Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation interior
Jaguar Classic will offer the C-type Continuation in 12 exterior colors, including this shade of metallic blue
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Jaguar Classic will offer the C-type Continuation in 12 exterior colors, including this shade of metallic blue
With Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart at the helm, the No 19 C-type finished fourth at Le Mans 1953
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With Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart at the helm, the No 19 C-type finished fourth at Le Mans 1953
A barebones interior and tiny windscreen are part of the C-type's charm
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A barebones interior and tiny windscreen are part of the C-type's charm
The Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation looks quite natural in British racing green
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The Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation looks quite natural in British racing green
The C-Type was one of the smooth, sleek icons designed by Malcolm Sayer
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The C-Type was one of the smooth, sleek icons designed by Malcolm Sayer
Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation
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Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation
Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation
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Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation
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Jaguar Classic continues reciting the alphabet backwards, getting to work on a C-type Continuation car to join the E-type and D-type Continuations it released in years past. Its latest project brings back the edgeless, roofless beauty of the 1953 Le Mans-winning C-type for a new generation of car enthusiasts. Jaguar will hand-build each model to a raw, racetrack-ready spec that includes a stripped down, bare-metal interior, disc brakes and an available FIA-approved harness.

Jaguar Classic announced its newest Continuation model in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the C-type, which debuted as the XK120C (Competition) in 1951. Encouraged by the racing success the production XK120 had in 1950, Jaguar stepped its game up for 1951`. Iconic designer Malcolm Sayer sculpted a gorgeously rounded, aerodynamic aluminum race body hung on a lightweight tubular frame to create the competition-spec XK120. Powered by an uprated 200-hp inline-six and driven by Peter Walker and Peter Whitehead, the XK120C won Le Mans 1951. Legendary racer Stirling Moss also piloted an XK120C at the event.

Jaguar updated the C-type in 1952, famously adding in the disc brakes it had co-developed with Dunlop to make the C-type one of the world's first race cars to incorporate the new braking technology. As Jaguar has described the scene in the past, the officials at the 1952 Mille Miglia demanded proof that the mysterious discs were in fact brakes and not illegal equipment. Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis drove the C-type to the first victory for a disc-braked car at the Reims Grand Prix that same year.

Jaguar C-type number 18 driven by Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton wins the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours
Jaguar C-type number 18 driven by Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton wins the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours

In 1953, Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton raced the C-type to a Le Mans victory, setting a record as the first to average over 100 mph (161 km/h) during the great race. C-types also finished 2nd and 4th. That victory convinced other Le Mans teams that they'd need disc brakes to compete in the future, fast-tracking the development and popularization of the new braking technology. At Jaguar, the C-type was retired in 1953 but gave way to a successor like no other: the disc brake-equipped D-type that raced to a Le Mans hat trick between 1955 and '57.

It's the 1953 Le Mans car that serves as the basis of Jaguar Classic's latest ultra-limited Continuation model. The classics shop will skip the drum brakes assigned to the production C-types Jaguar built back in the early 50s, remaining true to the Le Mans car with a race-spec powertrain and driveline that includes disc brakes and a 220-hp 3.4-liter inline-six with triple Weber40DCO3 carburetors. The FIA-approved harness retention system will be offered as an option, and the C-type Continuation cars will be ready for historic racing, track and closed-road use.

No infotainment or driver-assistance here: a preview of the Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation interior
No infotainment or driver-assistance here: a preview of the Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation interior

Using experience gained in past Continuation efforts, Jaguar Classic has compiled drawings, records and data from the original 1953 C-type, turning it all into a precise digital recreation using the latest CAD tech. It will move forward with building a mere eight C-type Continuation cars at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry, UK. In 2022, it will host a celebratory launch event for the lucky buyers.

Those not among the Lucky 8 new owners can still enjoy a C-type experience virtually. Jaguar just launched a C-type Continuation configurator that allows users to experiment with 12 exterior and eight interior colors, along with various trim and badging options. Users can share their neo-classic creations using #70YearsofCTYPE, and Jaguar will select some to be featured on the @JaguarUSA Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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2 comments
Nobody
I'm surprised they aren't required to have roll bars as a safety feature. I'm sure the new reproductions will be much faster than the originals especially with better tires.
Aermaco
Its a magnificently beautiful car but the idea I believe is in being an authentic replica of when roll bars weren't used without seat belts, The idea being you are thrown clear and not stuck sitting vertical when upside down. The good ole days ;-),, i survived roll over with a collapsed roof due to no seat belt.