Jaguar Classic has unveiled a pair of C-type Continuation models designed to celebrate the original’s domination of the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans where C-types finished first, second, fourth, and ninth.
These two special C-type Continuation models are known as the ’70-Edition’. The first of them is finished in a special color of Verbier Silver with a Cranberry Red leather interior, a color and trim combination that Jaguar says will never be repeated. The second car is a tribute to the C-type that won Le Mans in 1953 and is bathed in the Works Team colors of British Racing Green with a Suede Green leather interior.
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For the most part, these two ’70-Edition’ variants are identical to all other C-type Continuation models being produced. However, they do feature prominent ’70-Edition’ stitching and embroidery throughout, unique badges, and painted roundels with the number 70.
Beneath the gorgeous aluminum skin of the duo is a 3.4-liter naturally aspirated straight-six with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburetors that pumps out 220 hp. Each C-type Continuation model takes over 3,000 hours to construct at Jaguar Classic Works in Coventry and the first examples have just started to reach the hands of customers around the world.
“Each C-type Continuation is a rare and special vehicle to grace any collection, but we are delighted to reveal these two exquisite editions to commemorate a landmark year for Jaguar and motorsport,” senior manager for strategy and business development at Jaguar Land Rover Classic, Matthew Bailey, said. “In 1953, the introduction of the disc-brake combined with C-type’s clever design and engineering, meant that the vehicle was dominant at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The C-type is a historically significant car with Jaguar pioneering disc-brake technology seventy years ago, and we often take for granted the fact that the disc-brake remains the industry standard.”