C-Type Jaguar photo courtesy Fiskens.com
With a bit of work, you don’t have to confine yourself to track days…
As Jaguar celebrates 70 years of creating the C-Type sports racer, they are rolling out a limited number of continuation cars, hand built, following the original plans from way back when. For the lucky, the fortunate, those deep pocketed few, anointed by Jaguar to pay up and drive off, the realization is that they simply can’t–drive off. All of these wonders are not legal on the road.
Trailer it off to your favorite track, or if the estate’s grand enough, potter it around the grounds, or used it as a display, a photo op for friends that pop over for a selfie or two.
Like Aston Martin’s DB5 continuation cars, owners are missing out on the real thrill of taking their cars out on the open road, enjoying what the experience of driving an original 50’s era C-Type Jaguar must feel like, unbridled, unrestrained, making every ride sublime. 2100 pounds and 200+ HP never felt better.
A small shop in England has been rectifying that awful situation by converting DB5’s into road-goers, as the gods intended them to be.
Preparing a continuation car for road use takes up to 10 weeks. As a ‘new’ vehicle, it must satisfy modern emissions rules, as well as driver and pedestrian safety standards.
R-Reforged has gained IVA approval for seven of the 19 DB4 GT Continuations built so far. Its fully reversible kit includes upgraded lights, side repeaters, a retractable fog lamp, smoother wheel hubs, E-marked windows and rounded exhaust tips, rather than the slash-cut tailpipes of the original car
Eight 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 a 220hp 3.4-liter inline-six engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburetors and disc brakes. Additional options available to C-type Continuation customers include an FIA-approved Harness Retention System. Not just for show, these vehicles will be eligible for historic racing, track and closed-road use.
Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust
From 1952, the C-type pioneered the adoption of innovative disc brake technology in motorsports, with a revolutionary system developed by Jaguar and Dunlop. The C-type scored the first win for a disc brake-equipped car with Stirling Moss at the Reims Grand Prix in France and contesting the Mille Miglia in Italy. The C-type won the 24 Hours of Le Mans again in 1953, and also enjoyed success in the hands of private owners, which contributed to Jaguar finishing vice-champion in the inaugural World Sportscar Championship.
Of the 53 Jaguar C-type sports cars built in the 1950s, 43 were sold to private owners. The production C-type specification was limited to drum-brake-equipped cars with twin SU carburetors and 200hp, in the style of the 1951 works cars.
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