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Lot 166: Jaguar C-Type Re-creation

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

The XK120C's astonishing debut victory in the 1951 Le Mans 24-Hour Race and its follow-up win in '53 established Jaguar's first purpose-built racing sports car as one of the all-time great sporting automobiles and paved the way for the even more successful D-Type. These multiple Le Mans wins in the 1950s, as well as numerous victories in the other great classic endurance events, have ensured a continuing healthy demand for replicas of Jaguar's rare and exotic works sports-racers. Acknowledged master in this highly specialised field is Bryan Wingfield, who constructed this exacting replica for its original owner. It is the first of seven C-Type re-creations by Wingfield's company DRL Engineering and was first owned by Anthony Lumsden-Cook, a well-known collector of historic Jaguars. A letter on file from one of the car's previous owners, Roger Earl, states that the chassis is identical in all respects to an original C-Type, even down to the same unusual rear suspension geometry, Dunlop disc brakes and aluminium bodywork. The engine is a 3.4-litre XK unit breathing via twin 2" SU carburettors; the gearbox is a four-speed Moss and the final drive is to Le Mans gearing. A fax message from Bryan Wingfield is on file also, stating that the rear axle is a Salisbury derived from the Mk2 saloon and that the front suspension is mostly E-Type. Mr Earl mentions a complete engine rebuild at 6,997 miles and states that at the time of writing (September 1998) the C-Type had covered 12,286 miles. The current odometer reading is 13,937 miles. Described as a nice car to drive and in generally good condition, '5450 PJ' obtained a fresh MoT in August 2012, the garage responsible noting that it had a misfire and recommending the fitting of electronic ignition, which will be undertaken prior to its sale. Finished in British Racing Green with matching leather interior, this most faithful C-Type re-creation is offered with current MoT/tax, Swansea V5 registration document and an extensive file of maintenance history relating to the period when it was looked after by DK Engineering and Foskers.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
Lot Number166
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£44000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£50600
Condition rating0
Registration number5450 PJ
Chassis numberP1F8240BW
Engine number7B50184
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2