Lot 204 - 1953 Jaguar C-Type 'Tool-Room copy' (1953/1996)
|Odometer reading||2,660 miles|
|Estimate||£150,000 - £180,000|
|Result||Sold - £164,640|
- A beautiful, full-aluminium example
- Very well presented and ready for road and track
One of the most exquisite designed ever penned by Jaguar chief aerodynamicists, Malcolm Sayer, the C-Type Jaguar is widely regarded as one of the most exquisite racing cars ever produced. The lightweight tubular chassis, designed by Bob Knight, was mated to a tuned version of the contemporary roadgoing XK120 taking it from 205bhp in SU carburettor form and raising it to 220bhp with Weber intakes.
The 1951 race at Le Sarthe proved to be a nail-biting race for Jaguar with unfortunate mechanical failures for chassis 001 (oil feed pipe damage) and 002 (conrod), however 003 recorded its first victory at Le Mans for Jaguar’s XK120C, recording an average speed of 93mph and proving their reliability and speed. In 1953, the feat was repeated in spades with C-Types coming home in 1st, 2nd and 4th place, helped enormously by the fact that they now had disc brakes on all four wheels. That it was also arrestingly beautiful was just a bonus, a classic example of form following function.
With only 52 ever built it is, unsurprisingly, a hugely sought-after motor car with prices often exceeding many millions of pounds, assuming you could find one in the first place. The high value of the originals has resulted in a reticence to use them in regular competition which has made way for the toolroom recreations, cars built to exacting original specifications using period components and materials. This superb all aluminium tool-room example of the final 1953 cars was hand-crafted in New Zealand some 30 years ago utilising a tuned XK120, 3.4 litre engine, drive train and components assembled onto a near-exact recreation of the C-Type chassis built by Peter Bruin who constructed a number of winning chassis for the McLaren Company in New Zealand. As a 1953 specification the car is equipped with disc brakes and triple Weber carburettors fed via a cold air box from the beautifully crafted bonnet air intake which identifies the 1953 cars over earlier ones.
The tooling and body bucks were made with direct reference to an original car and Jaguar works drawings, it was then put together by highly respected racing car builder, Frank van Lingen in the early 1990s. It was first registered in 1996 and imported into the UK in 2020 where it is registered as a ‘Jaguar Sports Car’ carrying a period correct Hampshire number plate alongside the FIA class Essex Historic Technical Passport drafted and ready for application by the new owner. Examples built to such accuracy and quality do not appear for sale often hence this car could represent a great investment opportunity.
Interested parties should note that the description in the catalogue, printed in error, does not apply to this vehicle please ignore it in its entirety. Full and accurate details of this stunning car are published here
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