Lot 242 - 1996 Jaguar C-Type Recreation by CERA

Lot 242 - 1996 Jaguar C-Type Recreation by CERA

Lot 242 - 1996 Jaguar C-Type Recreation by CERA

Lot Number 242
Registration 1289 DK
Chassis Number CERA0054
Engine Number 5116-8
Estimate £50,000 - £58,000
Result Sold - £58,240

We are delighted to offer this wonderful recreation of a Jaguar XK120C (C-Type); one of Jaguar's most beautiful and all time great competition Le Mans winning sports cars of the 1950s. Designed purely to win one race - the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours, the C-Type not only won, but set a new lap record in the process. The 1952 Le Mans race proved unsuccessful for Jaguar with all three cars entered failing to finish, however; in the 1953 race, the C-Type recorded 1st, 2nd, 4th and 9th positions and being the first motor car with a recorded average of 100mph at Le Mans.

This Classic English Racing Automobiles (CERA) recreation of the Le Mans winning C-Type was completed in 1996. Unlike many alternative C-Type replicas, this CERA closely follows the Jaguars design and features a tubular steel spaceframe chassis, hand-formed aluminium bodywork and driven by the classic Jaguar XK unit of 3.4 litres capacity. The CERA build sheet states that the car was built using a Jaguar 3.4 Mk. II engine, a four speed synchromesh (plus compound) gearbox (XJ6 with overdrive), 33:1 axle ratio (live Salisbury unit) and finished in Connaught Green with green leather trim and Mille Miglia screen. Triple Weber 45 DCOE carburettors supply the fuel; just as the 1953 Le Mans C-Types. The build sheet was signed off by John Gregson in June 1996 and registered in August 1998 as a Classic ERA XK120C.

The current owner, an aerospace engineer and Fellow of the Aeronautical Society, has been in possession of 1289 DK since August 1998 and in this period it has only covered approximately 5,000 miles. Being meticulous, all records of works have been hand recorded and all invoices filed and a detailed maintenance sheet produced so that nothing may be overlooked.
1289 DK certainly has the look of an original, especially in the frontal area where so many others get it wrong. The car sits upon wire wheels and compliments the car's patina that exudes an air of originality that cannot be simply replicated and has only been achieved over a period time. In fact, we are informed that the steering wheel fitted to 1289 DK was actually fitted and raced on a C-Type Jaguar in period, so further adding to the 'look'. With only 53 original Jaguar C-Types built and their prices reaching to the millions, this gorgeous aluminium recreation makes absolute sense especially in view of its low estimate.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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