British Beauty: 1953 Jaguar C-Type Evocation at Amelia Island

British Beauty: 1953 Jaguar C-Type Evocation at Amelia Island

Motostalgia Amelia Island Auctio - 5:00pm - Saturday March 12  Lot: 38

Estimate:$135,000 - $165,000Vin: J65P1B76000BWBody Style:Style: Roadster1953 JAGUAR C-TYPE EVOCATIONDesigner: Bob Knight | Malcolm SayerEstimate: ($135,000-$165,000)Chassis Number: J65P1B76000BWDecoded: J=Jaguar, 65=1965, P1B7=S-Type, 6000=Serial Number, Borg-Warner Transmission.Engine: 4.2L 220 bhp Twin-Cam Straight-SixFour-Speed Manual Gearbox,Dunlop Front Disk Brakes, Girling Rear Drum BrakesMileage: 86,600Stunning Dimensionally-Correct Hand-Crafted Aluminum BodyPresented in #18 Rolt/Hamilton LeMans-Winning MarkingsExceptional As-New ConditionThe Model: Following the end of World War II, few car manufacturers were in a position to market truly new products. Jaguar Cars was one of the few exceptions. Jaguar was set to release a sophisticated new overhead-valve twin-cam engine when most competitors were still using primitive side-valve engines. In searching for a high-impact product to debut the new XK engine, Jaguar built the now-famous XK120. Intended as a halo product destined for limited production, Jaguar was suddenly flooded with orders for their new sports car. Soon a racing legend was born. Bolstered by the initial success of the road going XK120 at LeMans, Jaguar director, William Lyons, set his company on an ambitious path to win the LeMans 24 hour endurance race. Bob Knight designed the competition or C-Type around a tubular steel space frame that was clothed in a curvaceous Malcolm Sayer-styled aluminum body that would influence Jaguar design for decades to come. The C-Type won LeMans in its first outing in 1951 and again in 1953. These cars achieved legendary status for their prowess in endurance and sports car racing. Today, ownership remains an exclusive club with only 53 original C-Types produced. The Car: This C-Type is an absolutely stunning evocation of the ultra-rare original racers. The renowned craftsmen of JVA Automoviles Especiales in Buenos Aires, Argentina are credited with faithfully recreating the aluminum body in painstaking detail. The hand-formed aluminum is a perfect match to the dimensions of an authentic C-Type. The evocative XK engine sits at the heart of this car in the highly-tuned 4.2 liter specification. Fed by a pair of SU side-draft carburetors, this legendary power plant delivers an estimated 220bhp and an incredible exhaust note through the side pipes. Power is transmitted via a four-speed manual transmission to a period-correct live axle. The front frame and suspension incorporate the developments of the later E-Type. This car features dual-wishbone front suspension matched with power assisted Dunlop front disk brakes, adjustable coil-over dampers and precise rack and pinion steering. The rear suspension also features adjustable coil-over dampers mated to a triangulated panhard bar suspension and Girling drum brakes. This outstanding car is immaculately finished in the authentic British Racing Green and #18 markings of the Tony Rolt & Duncan Hamilton car that won LeMans in 1953.

With little usage since its construction, this car presents in as-new condition. This C-Type evocation is titled as a 1965 Jaguar and boasts authentic period details including correct brooklands windscreen, painted wire wheels and matching spare located in a lockable storage compartment, a quick-release fuel cap, side-lock bonnet handles and leather bonnet straps. The interior centers around the correct black leather racing seats and presents the driver with a spectacular Moto Lita steering wheel and vintage Smiths instrumentation including the odometer reading 86,600 from a previous installation. This tractable car handles modern road conditions with ease and features turn signals, horn, alternator charging system and an electric cooling fan. With original cars exceeding $4 million and recreations with FIA paperwork topping $250,000, this authentically-styled aluminum C-Type represents an outstanding value and opportunity to acquire an incredible piece of automotive art.

Motostalgia Amelia Island Auction5:00pm, Saturday March 12, 2016Auction Location4171 Amelia Island ParkwayFernandina Beach, Florida 32034

Collector Car AuctionSaturday // 12 March // 5PM – 9PM