New Limited Edition Jaguar Classic C-type Still Looks Like the Future
Turning 70 is hotter than ever.
Surely one of the most inimitable automobiles ever, the Jaguar C-Type did indeed first roll off the line in 1951 – and proceeded to win the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans before its first birthday. It set off a string of victories for Jaguar, and launched a genuine golden age for the storied British automaker.
Only 53 of the original C-types were produced from ’51 to ’53. But Jaguar is now commemorating its 70th by producing just eight more, based on the original design, but with an entirely new chassis. Naturally, they’ll be hand built at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry, UK.
It’s pegged to a growing trend known as the “continuation program,” which revives legendary classic cars and creates a new, limited edition run for purchase by well-funded enthusiasts. It’s already been a tremendous success for Aston Martin, who have quickly sold out each program, even though some of the cars carried price tags of more than $2 million. Last year, Jaguar produced six new editions of its 007-famous E-type, pegged to the car’s 60th anniversary.
The eight new C-types will be built to the specs of the 1953 version that took the top prize at Le Mans, now installed with a rather prodigious 220hp 3.4 liter inline-six engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburetors (trust us, that’s serious stuff). But all will benefit from state-of-the-art, contemporary CAD (computer aided design), while the ’53 specifications are yet meticulously maintained.
The technology developments extend to a specially designed online configurator, which allows potential buyers to extensively visualize their C-type Continuation virtually – with twelve exterior colors available, and eight interior colors…and even a choice of hood badges. Which all seems reasonably necessary since, if you’re going to be spending six figures on a car, you’d pretty much want to know what it was going to look like ahead of time.
“Driven by some of the most-admired racing drivers in history,” enthuses Dan Pink, Director, Jaguar Classic, “the C-type laid the foundations for Jaguar’s success in endurance racing and is synonymous with design and engineering innovation. Seventy years on, we’re proud to be able to utilize the latest innovations in manufacturing technology – alongside traditional skills and unrivaled expertise – to reintroduce this legendary car for a new generation of enthusiasts to enjoy.”
And by the way, the new C-type Continuation will not just be for show, but will also be eligible for historic racing, track and closed-road use. Vroom.