Jaguar Classics Brings Back The Le Mans-Winning C-Type Continuation

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The C-type Continuation is a special motor car. Created in limited numbers to maintain a sense of rarity, each vehicle is lovingly hand-built with 3,000 hours of intensive work by highly skilled specialists at Jaguar Classic Works in Coventry, UK.

Today, the first restored vehicle was delivered to its owner. Finished in Pastel Green and with Suede Green leather seats, it honors the original Jaguar C-type — the one that won the 224-mile long, 50-lap sports car race at the Reims Grand Prix Meeting on 29 June 1952.

“We’ve combined original drawings, modern CAD techniques and 3,000 hours of skill and attention to produce our first hand-built C-type, noting a historic landmark moment for Jaguar Classic,” explains David Foster, head of engineering at Jaguar Land Rover Classic.

“Our exclusive Continuation C-types feature the technical innovations and specifications of the ultimate 1953 Le Mans-winning car, including the innovative Dunlop disc brake set-up that was victorious in Reims in 1952,” he says, adding that each of these restored cars offers an authentic driving experience for customers starting even from the car’s distinctive starting procedure — something that he notes his team worked “to get exactly right”.

Every C-type Continuation model is being built to the specification of the 1953 Works C-types. Naturally, the vehicles have undergone extensive evaluation and at least 250 miles of physical testing by Jaguar Classic engineers.

The C-type comes with an evocative story. It was the first in the series to be fitted with disc brakes to win in international competition when driver, Stirling Moss, persuaded Jaguar to implement the ground-breaking technology the company had in development. The victory at Reims was a glimpse of the C-type’s dominance at the following year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race and it heralded the marque’s continued success in motorsports throughout the 1950s.

The market for restored classic cars is on the rise with many carmakers bringing back old favorites. A slew of new companies has also been tapping into this market, with some taking a progressive approach by making old cars relevant for the new age. Over at Lunaz in Silverstone, for instance, the team of dedicated engineers and designers are busy reinventing glorious old metal — including recently a 1952 Jaguar XK120 — upcycled and re-engineered with modern electric drive and connected technology. The pull is understandable: after all these are car design history’s finest.

Jaguar’s heritage team did extensive research into the original car. Using modern technology and engineering expertise, they sought to understand its complex engineering and design. With advanced CAD modeling, each car has been crafted using the same build methods and techniques to ensure the limited-run Continuations stay true to the original C-type.

Customers have 12 exterior heritage colors to choose from including the Pastel Green of this car, British Racing Green and Pastel Blue with contrasting roundel, as well as the opportunity to select their tailored interior specification from a range of eight leather hues.

The Continuation models are FIA-approved and eligible to participate in all FIA Historic events, including the Jaguar Classic Challenge, which takes place at a variety of different racetracks including Le Mans and Silverstone.

How pleasantly surprised Sterling Moss would be to see his car on the road again.

See architect Seymourpowell’s interpretation of a future electric car here, read what the legendary car designer Marcello Gandini feels about the current wave of electric cars, and take a look at my interviews with the former BMW Group creative director Chris Bangle about the need for a radical rethink of design in the electric age.

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