Jaguar C-Type by Proteus
Jaguar C-Type by Proteus
- Desirable early car
- 3.8 E-type engine with triple Weber DCOEs
- Aluminium body
- Beautifully condition throughout
- Handles superbly
Well engineered and correct looking Jaguar C-Type replicas are hard to find and there is a big difference between the good and the bad.
The car we offer here certainly fits into the former category and is a lovely car in every way. It is the first of two steel tubular chassis cars built in the early eighties by the founder of Proteus, Jim Marland, and was the show model depicted in the original sales brochure. Completed with all-aluminum bodywork with the rear sections braced with alloy stiffeners like those used on the 1953 Le Mans-winning C Type. The bonnet, which was renewed in 2004, has been treated to minimise stone chips as have the inside of the wings and wheel arches.
The car has always been carefully maintained and preserved, for the last nine years in the hands of a prominent race engineer experienced with historic cars. The mechanicals have been completely overhauled, the electrics rewired, and the engine stripped, blueprinted and rebuilt. Fitted with a 3.8-litre unit from a 1963 E-type, the engine is coupled to a four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox with electrically operated overdrive. Breathing via triple twin-trumpet Weber 45DCOE carburetors on a new alloy inlet manifold, the motor incorporates Burton high-lift camshafts and balanced internals and produces 290 bhp gross. Fewer than 3,000 miles have been covered since the engine and gearbox were rebuilt making them nicely run-in.
Other noteworthy features include a new hand-built alloy radiator to exact 1953 Le Mans specification; polished stainless steel exhaust manifold and similar silencer with dual tail pipes; 1963 Jaguar Mark 2 front suspension with new springs and Spax shock absorbers; a live rear axle with 3.33:1 ratio limited-slip differential; Dunlop disc brakes all round with Coopercraft calipers; carbon-fibre brake pads; new 16" wire wheels shod with Michelin Pilote ‘X’ radial tyres; centre grille lamp; alternator; replica Bluemels C Type Jaguar steering wheel and a Motolita woodrim an alternative; full safety harnesses; new battery and a tonneau cover.
The performance is outstanding with 0-60 mph achievable in under six seconds and fuel economy of 30 mpg on a journey when using the overdrive. Given the quality of its original construction and the subsequent maintenance the ride quality is outstanding without any of the scuttle shake or body movement that typifies lesser examples.
In immaculate condition mechanically and cosmetically this superbly presented car is ready for immediate inspection.