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C-Type Jaguar by Proteus
We have handled several Proteus C-types in the past, and this particular car three times, and in our opinion it is still the best. It dates from a time when founder Jim Marland still ran the company, and which many C-Type aficionados regard as the halcyon period. There is an attention to detail and authenticity not found on most C-Type recreations of this kind, and it is clothed in a hand-beaten all-aluminum single door body, with superb new paint work. It is even registered as a C-Type.
The car was built in 1994 for a wealthy industrialist, the late Gerald Tams, who had a large collection of XKs. It was built for him to a high specification by Don Law, a classic Jaguar specialist, using a car supplied by Jim Marland. In the Jaguar fraternity Don Law has become something of a legend: he has provided race support to Jaguar’s racing team; he has had responsibility for maintenance and restoration of a number of cars in Jaguar’s Heritage Collection; he and his son Justin Law race Group C Jaguars and today he specialises in the Jaguar XJ220, and is considered a world authority. Not so long ago he also looked after Stirling Moss’s C-Type.
In recent years the car had undergone a further transformation with an investment of nearly £20K by the previous owner, on engine and gearbox work, and a set of triple Webbers. The current owner has also lavished time and money, and an attention to detail rarely seen on Proteus C-Type, including a brand new paint job in a very authentic dark shade of British Racing Green. The result is a highly competitive track car which is equally happy touring or dealing with modern traffic conditions as a daily driver.
This is a superbly detailed, well-sorted Proteus C-Type which has been expertly maintained and has acquired a a light but very pleasing patina. British Racing Green with red leather.