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Jaguar is Hand-Building a Limited Run of its Classic C-Type Race Car

Jaguar is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its legendary C-Type race car by re-issuing new models under their Classic Continuation program, honoring one of their most historically significant race cars.

Built from 1951-1953, the Jaguar C-Type gained recognition for winning Le Mans, a 24-hour non-stop endurance race. Le Mans is notoriously one of the most dangerous and difficult competitions, which also was featured in the recent blockbuster film Ford V Ferrari.

Driven by famous racers such as Sir Sterling Moss, the C-type went on to win Le Mans seven times, solidly establishing it as one of the most important race cars of the 1950s.

Now, the British luxury automaker is using state-of-the-art scanning and CAD (Computer Aided Drawing) technology to build a limited number of new Jaguar C-Types from scratch. Notably, these are brand-new cars and not a restored model refurbishing a donor body, which Jaguar does with their E-Type continuation model.

Each C-Type will be hand-built in Jaguar’s Coventry, England, factory to 1953 specification, which notably featured disc brakes, a first for any race car at that time.

Production for the Jaguar C-Type Continuation will be limited to just eight models. As with the original run of just 53 models produced from 1951-1953, the new C-Type Continuation will be available to a lucky few historic motorsport enthusiasts for event and track use only.

For the majority of us who can’t afford the non-specified price tag, Jaguar has made an online configurator to envision your dream Jaguar C-type in whichever classic color combination you choose.

Sam Keller
Sam Keller
Sam Keller is an Editorial Contributor for Autotrader & Oversteer since 2017. He enjoys covering everything from auto history and classic cars, modern and vintage driving impressions, as well as everyday car news stories. Currently based in Los Angeles, California, Sam can be found on Instagram at @hamptonwhipz where he documents interesting vehicles he encounters on his travels.

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