1952 Jaguar C-TypeSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $200,000 - $250,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$203,500 Sold

Est.210hp 3,442cc inline six-cylinder double overhead camshaft engine with dual sand cast SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

A Beautiful and Near Flawless Alloy Recreation 1952 Jaguar C-Type Alloy Body Recreation

In 1950, five XK 120s were quietly pulled from the production line and prepared for racing. Three were entered at Le Mans. Their pace convinced Jaguar Chief Engineer Bill Heynes and Service Manager F.R.H. “Lofty” England that they had the basis for a car that could achieve overall victory.

Construction began in December 1950, barely six months before the 1951 Le Mans. The resulting sports-racer, the C-Type, became one of sports car racing’s icons. Successful in its first Le Mans outing by a whopping margin, it was both advanced and conservative, reflecting the Jaguar philosophy of value for money, and effort.

The C-Type engine, developed by Jack Emerson, was comprehensively race prepared but differed only in detail from the production XK 120, then delivering 160hp in road trim. Heynes, wisely skeptical of fuel quality at Le Mans, insisted on retaining the standard engine’s 8:1 compression ratio so it would run reliably on 80-octane fuel. The head was modified, with help from cylinder head guru Harry Weslake, for better breathing. The modified engine, a careful compromise between absolute power and reliability, produced an impressive 200hp. Once production versions appeared, the compression ratio was raised to 9:1 to produce another 10 horsepower.

Technical specifications aside, the C-Type’s reputation was secured by engineer and aerodynamicist, Malcolm Sayer’s wind-cheating body. The astute marketer, William Lyons, insisted that his Le Mans racers look like an XK 120. Sayer was able to accomplish that with an aluminum envelope body that was both more compact (15 percent less frontal area) and more aerodynamically efficient, an exceptionally artful blend of form and function. Instantly recognizable as a Jaguar, Sayer’s C-Type has established itself as one of racing’s milestone designs.

Only 53 C-Types were built, of which fully 42 percent were exported to North America, where its simplicity of construction, ease of maintenance and user-friendly speed made it popular with well-to-do gentleman drivers taking part in amateur road racing. These attributes as well as its phenomenal legacy have made the C-Type a favorite among collectors, as originals easily command seven digit figures at auction.

The example presented here is a very thoughtful and virtually indistinguishable recreation of a 1952 Jaguar C-Type. This Jaguar does more than just look the part with its alloy bodywork, as much effort was made to make the car also sound and perform just like the million dollar originals. Mr. Ponder purchased the Jaguar from the Barrett-Jackson auction at which time it was described as the following; “This C-type is a recreation built at an expense of approximately $350,000 in England by Peter Jaye and was built around the original engine and head from 023-C Type”. While the statement may or may not be true, we do know however that it is at the very least complete with the proper C-Type cylinder head that was originally from XKC 023. The block itself is stamped as XKC 023, however as argument regarding its authenticity exists we cannot confirm its original identity with absolute certainty.

The interior has a correct C-Type leather wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, Smith’s gauges, tan seats and a removable alloy passenger seat delete with louvers. With both sets of windscreens, a number ‘4’ in a white roundel, Dunlop racing tires and correct knock off wire wheels, the detail, fit and finish of this replica is outstanding in every respect and the stunning red paint makes it all the more impressive to behold.

There is very little evidence of road use apparent on the alloy C-Type recreation as the underside, engine and paint are virtually spotless, all of which belies the 4,445 kms registered on the odometer. A joy to drive, the C-Type recreation offered here is a car that anyone can enjoy and do so at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Except for the original XKC 023, there is no finer example of the make than the C-Type from the Ponder Collection.
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Please note that this vehicle is titled by the engine number.

Reference Number 7602

as of 2/27/2007

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Car 1952 Jaguar C-Type
VIN E10238 
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