Lot 285 - 1987/1967 Jaguar C-Type Recreation by Proteus
|Odometer reading||19,346 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £36,000|
|Result||Sold - £40,320|
Following the relative success of the Jaguar XK120s at the 1950 Le Mans 24hr race it was realised that, with minimal engine tuning, a lighter chassis and a lightweight aerodynamically revised aluminium body shell the car would have a very real chance of success against its infamous opposition and thus the XK120C or C-Type was born. The C-Types were completed in time to compete in the 1951 Le Mans 24hr. At one point in the race the Jaguars held first, second and third place and it was only mechanical teething issues that prevented that from being the final result.
With such an icon marque as the Jaguar C-Type it was inevitable that companies would seek to produce recreations. The highest quality of these recreations was offered by Proteus. The company was established in 1985 by Jim Marland in Lancashire and they are still in existence today.
This beautifully constructed C-Type is presented in royal blue coachwork with complimentary deep blue interior. Purchased in 1987, the donor car, a 340 Jaguar in fully working order, was the basis of this recreation, other than the steering rack and coil over shock absorbers provided by Proteus, the vehicle uses all Jaguar components and the body has an alloy centre section and GRP nose and tail section. All components when built were stripped, inspected and if necessary rebuilt, the engine was fully rebuilt with a 9: 1 compression pistons, lightened flywheel, new valves, valve springs and seats. All suspension components were bead-blasted, powder-coated and reassembled using new bushes with the brakes similarly overhauled and resealed alongside new discs all round. More recently, in 2013, Reeders of Pewsey have given the car a mechanical and cosmetic re-fresh to the tune of £5,500 which included adjusting the carburettors, replacing the water pump, exhaust manifold and gaskets alongside the cosmetic tidy up for the vendor. Unfortunately, due to a hip operation, the vendor gets to use his C-Type very little so other than Reeders annually checking the car and road testing, in the past three years less than 100 miles have been covered.
Described by the vendor as a 10 out of 10 example which is accompanied by a comprehensive history from the donor car including handbook and buff green logbook a history file containing old MoT's test certificates, invoices and with the Proteus build sheet along with V5 registration document stating a 1967 Jaguar 340 and MoT test certificate valid until August 2017, this is a beautiful recreation of the much converted C-type and will undoubtedly turn heads on any road she graces.
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