JAGUAR C-TYPE BY DAVID BROWN
Chassis Number: 716882
Engine Number: A3994-7
Head number: LB 8353-8
Registration Number: JUN 563
When the XK120 saw the daylight in 1948, only aluminium was available to construct these gracious automobiles during the after days of WWII. It was never suspected that those fine sports cars were such a success which led to ordering tooling for the steel sheets to cope with the ever growing orders. 240 ‘alloy’ bodied 120’s were made and almost all of them found their way to some sort of racing circuit due it’s very light bodywork and nimble character. Jaguar reacted accordingly and decided to develop a specially made track-built version of these lightweight 120’s: The C-type.
These C-types set the course for the 7 overall wins at Le Mans for Jaguar when in 1951 they won Le Mans for the first time and did it again in 1953 with their updated version. D-types continued this winning-streak and the rest is well-known history.
The car we present you is a recreation of one of Jaguars most famous cars. It has been made by World renowned C-type expert David Brown in New Zealand to the highest detail you can think off. The car is constructed to the original drawings provided by friend, and well-known classic car dealer, Ian Cummings in Sydney, these being based on an original C-type located in his shop. David Brown constructed this C-type to very high standards and using as much original parts as possible. The car is constructed on a tubular frame where a full aluminium coach built bodywork was expertly crafted. A 1953 Jaguar Mark VII donated its basic parts and 3.4 litre engine block for this car. (although completely rebuilt to C Type spec) With a 83mm bore and 106mm stroke, the specifications are exactly the same to the original C-type. A Jaguar MKII provided the head fitted on this bespoke machine which gives you the correct bigger valve diameters to give that extra bit of ‘oomph’ to the already powerful lump. The original C-type gave you 203BHP which was easily achieved by this setup. Double overhead cams, original double twin “Sand Cast” H8 cast SU carburettors, four-wheel original type drum brakes and detailed independent front suspension proving it very very close to the original example in their workshop. The gearbox is the famous Jaguar four-speed Moss box as fitted to all C-types, all the instruments are correct as are the Brooklands type windscreens and even the cold air intake box for the carburettors. Every stitch, every rivet and every bolt were fitted with the C-type in mind. Even the wiring looms are made out of braded cotton wire and with wonderful detail. What more can we say, the attention to detail is absolutely stunning.
It is believed that the few existing “David Brown C-types” are so good that distinguishing them from the originals is very tricky even for Jaguar specialists. These are renowned for being the best of the best. Therefore it is more than logical that these “Post production” C-types as standard FIA recreations, are FIA applicable and are being raced among their full blood brothers in major events around the World.
This car comes with 1953 V5C British registration papers, original “JUN 563” number plate and is therefore eligible to race in the FIA vintage series.
The current owner bought the car from ‘The old Racing Car Company’ in the UK who acquired it directly from David Brown as his UK demo vehicle. If you like C-types and don’t want to spend multi millions (literally) on your dream car, this example will be perfect for you. Made to the highest standards and driving like a thoroughbred sports car, although is handles easily in normal traffic as well, this car is the pinnacle of early 50’s motorsport. It is stunning in every aspect.
Jun 21, 2016