Jaguar C-Type by Proteus.
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 bodyshell, the car would have a very real chance of success against its infamous opposition and thus the XK120C or C-type was born.
Whilst the front suspension was very similar to that of the XK120, the rear was completely redesigned and the braking was ultimately improved via the innovative four-disc brake arrangement, and the exhaust valves were enlarged. These modifications along with many more resulted in a power output of a little over 200bhp.
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 it from being the final result. With such an iconic marque as the Jaguar C-Type it was inevitable that companies would seek to produce recreations. The highest quality and best regarded of these recreations were offered by Proteus. The company was established in 1985 by Jim Marland in Lancashire and is still in existence today. Proteus offered bodywork in either GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) or, the more expensive, aluminium.
The Jaguar C-type by Proteus offered here at Autostorico is a recreation of an early 1950s car. The build was completed in 2006 and is finished in British Racing Green with Green leather interior. Having covered just under 12,000 miles, this stunning example has been built to the highest possible standard around a fully bracketed tubular steel space frame, similar to the original car with floor and bulkhead panels riveted together. The ‘All Aluminium’ bodywork houses a Le Mans style fuel filler. The windscreens fitted offer a full wrap around Perspex screen with Mille Miglia cut outs and twin Brooklands “Aero” type screens behind. Powered by a fully rebuilt, tuned 4.2 litre straight six engine to fast road specification by VSE. Carburation is supplied by twin sandcast carburettors, making for a truly exhilarating drive. Other notable highlights include; 16” wires with knock on Jaguar race spinners, stainless steel exhaust system, correct three spoke steering wheel, period Smith’s instruments, Hardura interior trim, tonneau cover, central driving lamp, Kenlowe fan and leather bonnet straps complete this truly authentic C-Type.
Supplied with a history file including a V5 registration document dated 19th July 1968 making it road tax exempt, previous MOT certificates, invoices and other related history.
This car represents a fantastic opportunity to own a stunning example of a true racing legend, which will certainly appreciate over time.
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