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Lot 220: 1961/199 Jaguar C-Type Recreation by Proteus

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

The XK120 did so well on the race track and in rallies that it was developed, in 1951, into the C-Type for competition. With an uprated XK engine, lightweight tubular chassis (which cost far more to make than the basic car's twin girder design) and more aerodynamic alloy body, the C-Type promptly won the world's greatest sports car race at Le Mans and, when fitted with revolutionary new disc brakes, went on to win again in 1953. The car offered today is a replica of this great road/racing model built by world famous specialist Jim Marland. It employs a proprietary chassis mated to the classic XK type engine and is true to the original in almost every respect - subtle improvements to the braking system and rear suspension are the principal divergencies. One might therefore say that the Proteus C-Types are replicas in the truest and purest sense of the word. HJM 45 car was initially ordered in 1987 and was built over a four year period with its inaurugural run taking place in 1991. The chassis with central aluminium tub, rear end fashiond in GRP for increased rigididy and alluminium bonnet are all finished in Jaguar Flag Blue. The rear suspension is derived from a Mk II axle with fully rebuilt Power Lok differential 3.77 ratio. Coil over shock dampers and parallel ruler location. The front suspension is also Mk II based with coil over shock adjustable dampers. The heart of the cat is a straight port gas-flowed 3.8 litre engine fully rebuilt and up-rated to fast road specification as detailed in Kearns-Richards build spec sheet (Rob Beere) with triple SUHD8 carburation. The gearbox has synchromesh all round with dash mounted overdrive. This example is extremely well put together, the current owner is meticulous and has undertaken a program of progressive developement over the years. Since completion, this great looking C-Type has been improved and up-rated, the front brakes have been changed to 4 pot callipers, new front discs and pads have been fitted, new top and bottom swivel joints, track rod ends (sealed for life type) with the rear brake cylinders rebuilt with stainless steel liners. The carburettors have been rebuilt by Burlen Services with a manual choke assembly. The wheels & tyres now sport 16-inch rims replaced with 15-inch wide track wheels and high speed 205 x 70 x 15 radial tyres for superior grip and handling. Some further modifications in recent years include new adjustable shock absorbers fitted all round. The overdrive unit has been fully rebuilt to competition standard by Sheffield Overdrive Services and a lightweight high-energy starter motor fitted. This is no museum piece however, since the build completion, the car has covered 30,000 miles by its sole owner. In 1994, it took place in the Jaguar Drivers Club tour of Spain covering 3,000 miles of trouble-free exhilarating motoring. That same year, it was driven in the Jaguar Drivers Club E-type Prescott Hill meeting. In 1995, it drove to Le Mans with the Lagonda Drivers Club and completed 3 laps of the 24-hour circuit. 1996, 1997 and 1998 saw it as a spectator at the Isle of Man Classic with 2003 seeing HJM 45 back to its spiritual home, Le Mans. It was chilly when I went up to see this car. The temperature was soon forgotten however, with the car in its rev band and a Union Jack wooly hat on the head, the driving experience proved excellent. A tight ride with all the right noises made every second a real pleasure.

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
TypeCar
Lot Number220
Estimate£35000-£40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£25878
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
Condition rating0
Registration numberHJM 45
Mileage-
Chassis number106206DM
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Engine - cylinders
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