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Old 12-06-2017, 08:58 AM
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A detailed look at the legendary Jaguar C-Type ...

Today, we have taken a closer look at the first ever purpose-built Jaguar competition car; the C-Type. Initially known as the XK120 C (for Competition), the new-for-1951 sports racer was loosely based on Jaguar's breakthrough sports car. It did feature a bespoke chassis and lightweight aluminium bodywork but retained the 'XK' straight six that made the XK120 an instant classic. Good for over 200 bhp in race trim, the twin-cam engine also proved competitive on the track. The C-Type debuted with an outright victory at Le Mans and won the classic road race again in 1953. In addition to scoring many other victories, most of them in private hands, the C-Type also holds the distinction of being the first racing car to be fitted with disc brakes and also the first to score an international victory with these brakes that were developed together with Dunlop.
One of the many reasons for us to highlight the C-Type today is the fact that this fabulous example will cross the block tonight in the RM Sotheby's New York - Icons auction. Chassis XKC 007 was the first C-Type delivered to the United States and it was raced with considerable success by the late, great Phil Hill. Beautifully restored to its original colours and configuration, this early production C-Type is estimated to sell for $5.5 - 7 million.

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1951 - 1953 Jaguar C-Type - Images, Specifications and Information

2017 RM Sotheby's New York - Icons - Ultimatecarpage.com
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