Following the 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 aluminum 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.
Whilst the front suspension was very similar to that of the XK120 the rear was completely redesigned and the braking was ultimately improved (for 1953) 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 latest Proteus C-Type incorporates a full tubular steel chassis giving torsional rigidity without compromising on weight. The body panels are created by the Superforming process, this process utilises heat and air pressure to force the sheet aluminum into the specialist body moulds giving a very accurate fit and finish. This process is a technique used by many high performance manufacturers including Aston Martin and Ferrari.
This wonderful car is powered by the extremely reliable XK, 4.2 litre, double overhead camshaft, six-cylinder, e
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