Following the relative success of the Jaguar XK120s at the 1950 Le Mans 24hr race it was realised that with minimal engine tuning, a lighter chassis and a lightweight aerodynamically revised aluminium bodyshell the car would have a very real chance of success against its infamous opposition and thus the XK120C or C-Type was born. Whilst the front suspension was very similar to that of the XK120 the rear was completely redesigned and the braking was ultimately improved (for 1953) via the innovative four disc brake arrangement, and the exhaust valves were enlarged. These modifications along with many more resulted in a power output of a little over 200bhp.
The C-Types were completed in time to compete in the 1951 Le Mans 24hr. At one point in the race the Jaguars held first, second and third place and it was only mechanical teething issues that prevented that from being the final result. With such an iconic marque as the Jaguar C-Type it was inevitable that companies would seek to produce recreations. The highest quality of these recreations was offered by Proteus. The company was established in 1985 by Jim Marland in Lancashire and they are still in existence today. Proteus offered bodywork in either GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) or, the more expensive, aluminium.
The Proteus C-Type offered at Hofmann’s is a recreation of an early 1950’s car. Built around a Proteus tubular steel space frame with floor and bulkhead panels riveted and bonded together. The GRP bodywork houses a Le Mans style fuel filler. The windscreens fitted offer a full wrap around Perspex screen with Mille Miglia cut outs and twin Brooklands “Aero” type screens behind. The engine is a tuned and fully rebuilt 3.4 litre Jaguar unit offering a 9 to 1 compression ratio with new pistons, lightened flywheel and vales. Carburation is supplied by twin 2 inch HD8 SU carburettors fitted to a modified inlet manifold. Transmission is supplied by means of a four speed Jaguar gearbox with overdrive on fourth. All suspension components were bead blasted, powder coated, and re-assembled. The wheels are 16” wires with knock on Jaguar race spinners. The car is finished in Porsche Royal Blue with Blue leather upholstery and matching carpets. The car is supplied with full tonneau cover and full set of period Smith instruments.
This 1987 reconstruction is offered for sale having covered approximately 20,000 miles and comes supplied with a desirable current V5 registration document dated the 1st of September 1967 making it road tax exempt. The car will be supplied with a comprehensive file of invoices for work carried out throughout its life. Previous MOT certificates and other related paperwork.
As with all our vehicles the car will go through a comprehensive presales inspection prior to a new owner taking delivery.