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Jaguar XKC003 Recreation
Arguably the most significant car in Jaguar's history, XKC 003, the 1951 Le Mans winning C-Type which secured the marque’s sporting reputation with Jaguar’s maiden win and was famously conceived, constructed and raced to victory in a matter of months, sadly no longer exists, but was broken up by the factory in 1952. Nor has there been any attempt to accurately recreate this particular car, such are the complexities of its construction. Until now, that is.
Currently in build and due for completion in time for the 2011 season, and the 60th anniversary of the famous 51 Le Mans victory, our car presents the new owner with an opportunity to own a unique C-Type, which is significantly different from the all the cars that followed. This car will be build exactly as an original 51 car, and feature the following unique combination of components:
Stick welded, tubular steel chassis, painted black with lightening holes in the cruciform sections plus a myriad of other unique features
All aluminium body with distinctive triangular bonnet top louvres and four large ‘letter box’ bonnet side louvres and headlamp trims, also incorporating the steel swaged body bulkhead bolted to the chassis.
Early spec 1951 XK120 engine with correct A series gas-flowed cylinder head with studless cam covers, wide fan belt and 3/8 lift C Type cams. Twin SU H6 1 3/4ins carburettors on XK120 manifold and special two part wide eared aluminium cast sump. 1951 XK120 Moss gear box with lightened flywheel.
Other details include: Marchal headlamps, headlamp trims, unique bonnet badge, Haynes anti wheelspin axle location, unique cockpit switches and trim.
But perhaps the other defining and historic feature of XKC003 was that it was first ever car to race with disk brakes, at Goodwood and in the Mille Miglia in 1952, and these too are faithfully reproduced in our car.
To be issued with FIA HTP papers on completion this unique C-Type will be eligible for historic racing, subject to invitation, and would surely be worthy of a place in any serious collection or automotive museum.