CELEBRATING 70: JAGUAR C-TYPE JOINS CLASSIC CONTINUATION FAMILY

28 January 2021

Jaguar Classic will create a limited number of new C-type Continuations to celebrate 70 years of the double Le Mans-winning legend

  • Jaguar Classic is celebrating 70 years of the C-type by creating a strictly limited number of new hand-built examples of the legendary 1950s sports racer
  • Fully-authentic new disc-braked Jaguar C-types will be built by Jaguar Classic experts at the world-class Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry, UK
  • Continuation programme will allow Jaguar customers to purchase a new factory-built example of the ultimate 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours-winning C-type for the first time
  • New online configurator brings 3D CAD engineering data to life, allowing prospective customers to specify their perfect C-type virtually: classicvisualiser.jaguar.com
  • Customer enquiries for Jaguar Classic should be made using: www.jaguar.com/classic, +44 (0) 2476 566 600, sales@classic-jaguarlandrover.com
  • For regular updates from Jaguar Classic, including the progress of the new C-types, follow the new official @Jaguar.Classic account on Instagram

28 January 2021, Coventry, UK: Jaguar Classic is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the legendary C-type sports racer by creating a strictly limited production run of new C-type Continuation cars, which will be hand built at Jaguar’s world-class Classic Works facility in Coventry.

The C-type Continuation programme 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.

The C-type, which was originally made between 1951-53, was famed for its exceptionally fluid shape by Jaguar Cars designer, aerodynamicist and artist Malcolm Sayer. The C-type won the gruelling Le Mans 24 Hours on its debut in 1951, scoring the first of Jaguar’s seven outright wins at the French endurance race.

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 and contesting the 1000-mile Mille Miglia in Italy.

The C-type won the Le Mans 24 Hours again in 1953, another first for disc brakes, and also enjoyed success in the hands of private owners, which contributed to Jaguar finishing vice-champion in the inaugural World Sportscar Championship.

Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation
Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation
Jaguar Classic C-type Continuation

Driven by some of the most-admired racing drivers in history, the C-type laid the foundations for Jaguar’s success in endurance racing and is synonymous with design and engineering innovation. 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 for a new generation of enthusiasts to enjoy.

Dan Pink
Director, Jaguar Classic

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 200bhp, 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 220bhp and disc brakes.

Building on the experience gained with previous Jaguar Classic Continuation programmes for Lightweight E-type, XKSS and D-type, Jaguar Classic engineers have consulted Jaguar’s archives and cross-referenced scan data taken from an original C-type in conjunction with the latest computer aided design technology to create the most authentic new C-type possible.

Jaguar’s works C-type racing team before the start of the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours, including Stirling Moss with no. 17. Moss would finish second overall, with Peter Walker CREDIT: ©JDHT
The no.19 Jaguar C-type of Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart en route to fourth overall at the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours CREDIT: ©JDHT
The no.18 Jaguar C-type of Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton wins the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours CREDIT: ©JDHT

Exclusive access to 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 – ensure the authentic 1953 specifications are accurately maintained.

Taking that engineering CAD data a stage further, for the first time ever Jaguar Classic is also able to give customers the opportunity to visualise their C-type Continuation virtually using a specially designed online configurator. This new tool at classicvisualiser.jaguar.com allows users to compare colour and trim options from the 12 authentic exterior colours and eight interior colours available, and apply optional racing roundels, steering wheel badge and bonnet badging.

Additional options available to C-type Continuation customers include an FIA-approved Harness Retention System or rollover protection. Not just for show, these authentic new C-types will be eligible for historic racing, track and closed-road use.

Visit www.jaguar.com/classic, where you can find more information on the full range of cars, services, parts and experiences offered by Jaguar Classic.

For more information on the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility click here.

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Notes to Editors

About Jaguar Classic
Jaguar Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar enthusiasts worldwide. Our team of highly-skilled engineers at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry specialises in outstanding E-type Reborn restorations and building exclusive New Original Jaguar Continuation cars.

All enquiries from prospective Jaguar Classic customers should be directed to:
sales@classic-jaguarlandrover.com / +44 (0) 2476 566 600 / www.jaguar.com/classic

For more information on the full range of cars, services, parts and experiences offered by Jaguar Classic, visit: www.jaguar.com/classic

For more information about Jaguar Classic Parts, visit www.parts.jaguarlandroverclassic.com

For regular updates from Jaguar Classic, including the progress of the C-type Continuation cars, follow the new official @Jaguar.Classic account on Instagram.

For further Jaguar Classic media information, visit www.media.jaguar.com

IMAGE CAPTIONS

Supplied Jaguar Heritage Trust archive images are only for use in association with this press release.
Credit: “©JDHT”

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CAPTION: 1953 Jaguar C-type featured lightweight alloy body panels, triple Weber carburettors and disc brakes
CREDIT: ©JDHT

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CAPTION: Jaguar’s works C-type racing team before the start of the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours, including Stirling Moss with no. 17. Moss would finish second overall, with Peter Walker
CREDIT: ©JDHT

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CAPTION: The no.19 Jaguar C-type of Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart en route to fourth overall at the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours
CREDIT: ©JDHT

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CAPTION: The no.18 Jaguar C-type of Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton wins the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours
CREDIT: ©JDHT