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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

1963 Jaguar C-Type Recreation


Registration Number: 291 VTX Chassis Number: 164623DN William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar, was not interested in motor racing as a sport, but motor racing as a marketing tool was a different matter, provided it did not cost too much. That is why all Jaguar competition cars had production components but it is also why they were listed as production cars which could be ordered from, and serviced by, any Jaguar dealer. Shortly before the 1951 Le Mans race Jaguar unveiled its challenger; its official designation was the XK120C (Competition), but it became known as the C-Type and the name stuck. Under the sleek skin was a 210 bhp engine (even on the poor-quality fuel available) with modified cams, lighter fly-wheel, bigger valves, improved porting, and larger carburettors. The C-Type was designed specifically to win Le Mans and it did so first time out in the hands of Peter Walker and Peter Whitehead. C-Types were offered in production form at £1,495 plus tax and 47 of these were made, plus six works cars. It was the ultimate road car of its day and the first three World Champions, Farina, Fangio and Ascari, all bought examples for road use. The example on offer here today was built by Realm Engineering of Worcestershire, who shot to fame after constructing the RAM Cobra – the only Cobra replica ever to be granted the personal approval of Caroll Shelby himself. Constructed from a 1963 MkII donor vehicle, all relevant parts have been refurbrished or renewed where necessary, creating a virtually new car. Finished in Midnight Blue with grey leather trim and navy blue carpet, the car is described as being in excellent condition throughout. The vendor describes the workmanship of the vehicle to be of a very high standard, and indeed the car was the category award winner at the South Wales Classic Car Show earlier this year. Complete with V5 document and an MoT certificate valid until April 2011, the car falls under the road tax exemption for historic vehicles. With genuine C-Types now fetching prices in excess of $2.5 million, this represents a chance to acquire a superb ready-to-drive replica of this milestone of Jaguar engineering for a fraction of the cost.


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