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JAGUAR Classic C-TYPE – The original formula for fast is back

C-TYPE

On its 70th anniversary, we restart production of our first icon of Le Mans.

THE ORIGINAL FORMULA FOR FAST IS BACK

In 1951, Jaguar C-type became the first of our marque to win the  Breaking every speed and distance record in the process. And on its first attempt.

In 2021, 70 years since its breathtaking beauty and brawn burst onto the world’s racetracks, we restart production on a strictly limited run of the ultimate 1953 disc-brake specification. Not just for the showroom, these new hand-built C-types will allow discerning owners to get behind the wheel for Jaguar Classic Challenge racing, track and closed-road use.

INSPIRED BY XK120 PERFORMANCE

Encouraged by the road racing results of the sleek, 120mph Jaguar XK120 in 1950, chief engineer, William Heynes sanctioned a dedicated competition model in the form of the XK120C. Now known around the world as C-type.

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CRAFTING WINNING CURVES

Designed, developed and tested in just half a year, C-type’s stunning undulating body style was informed by the experiences of its designer and aerodynamicist, Malcolm Sayer.

After serving in the manufacturing division of Bristol Aeroplane Company during the Second World War, Sayer established an Engineering Faculty at Baghdad University in 1948. Here he learnt some of the key design principles that would later assist in creating C-type’s wind-cheating curves.

PIONEERING DISC-BRAKE TECHNOLOGY

Despite instant success at Le Mans with the drum brake-equipped 1951 C-type, a braking system more resistant to fade was clearly required for racing at increased speed and distance. During the winter months of 1951 and 1952, pioneering disc brake development with Dunlop began in earnest.

On 29 June 1952 Stirling Moss drove C-type to victory at Reims, at an average speed of 98.18 mph. This was the first time an international motor race had been won by a car fitted with disc brakes. Enhanced by Dunlop’s critical development of pads thick enough to last the entire 24 hour race, and paired with a revised lighter body, C-type was ready for Le Mans 1953.

24-HOUR SUCCESS

With their fluid aerodynamic bodies, reduced weight and increased power over the standard XK120, the first C-types were ready in the spring of 1951. Success was instant.

Of the three examples entered almost immediately into Le Mans, Peter Walker and Peter Whitehead’s car won the race with an imposing nine-lap lead, while second-car driver Stirling Moss broke the lap record by an impressive six seconds.

THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Seven decades on, each new C-type Continuation will reflect the 1953 Le Mans-winning works team car specification, including a 3.4-litre straight-six engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors for 220bhp, and disc brakes.

Aligning 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) with engineering drawings and company records created by the original C-type development team, our specialists at Jaguar Classic are able to craft hand-built continuations with absolute authenticity.

YOUR DREAM JAGUAR C-TYPE

Use our digital configurator to realise your perfect vision of a C-type with a choice of exterior heritage colours, interior trim, steering wheel, Jaguar badging and optional race roundel packs.

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Jaguar Classic D‑TYPE – The triple Le Mans Legend returns.

D‑TYPE

The triple Le Mans Legend returns.

Jaguar Classic is re-starting production of the iconic D‑type race car in Coventry, 62 years after the last example was built in 1956. The first Jaguar D‑type to be assembled by Jaguar Classic, an engineering prototype, will make its world debut at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris this week.

Just 25 new examples of the D‑type will be meticulously hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire. In 1955 Jaguar planned to build 100 D-types. With only 75 completed, Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company’s original ambition by creating 25 all-new, period-correct sports cars.

The D‑type, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957, was powered by the six-cylinder XK engine. Every aspect of the D‑types built for clients from 2018 will be created to authentic, original specification.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “The Jaguar D‑type is one of the most iconic and beautiful competition cars of all time, with an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. And it’s just as spectacular today.

“The opportunity to continue the D‑type’s success story, by completing its planned production run in Coventry, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects that our world-class experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are proud to fulfil.”

The D‑type is the third continuation vehicle from Jaguar Classic, complementing the six missing Lightweight E-types completed in 2014-15 and nine XKSSs built in 2017-18.

Jaguar Classic experts’ painstaking research, with exclusive access to original Jaguar engineering drawings and records, ensures each new D‑type will be built to the authentic specifications laid down by competitions manager Lofty England and his engineers in the 1950s. D‑type clients can choose either 1955-specification Shortnose or 1956-spec Longnose bodywork.

The engineering prototype is the 1956 Longnose specification, identifiable by its extended bonnet, characteristic tail fin behind the driver’s head, wide-angle cylinder head and quick-change brake calipers.

Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager, said: “Recreating the nine D‑type-derived XKSSs was hugely satisfying, and an even bigger technical challenge than the six missing Lightweight E-types, but lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a head start on the final 25 D‑types. Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar’s Competitions Department intended.”

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.
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El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años y se le rinde un homenaje con una espectacular sesión fotográfica.

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

“Yo amo este coche. Es más exitoso que la obra de arte “, fue la opinión de Andy Warhol después de que sus pinceladas transformaron el BMW M1 para siempre.

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

Le llevó menos de media hora crear el cuarto modelo en la Colección BMW Art Car. 40 años después, el entusiasmo por este deportivo de motor central sigue sin disminuir. Ya mundialmente famoso en ese momento, el ícono estadounidense del arte pop compartió la misma pasión con muchos fanáticos de los automóviles de esa época pasada. Y la fascinación del especial único creado por Warhol ha aumentado. Muchos fanáticos y expertos consideran su Art Car como el punto culminante de toda la colección.

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

Este BMW M1 Procar es la potente versión de compteción de 470CV producida de conformidad con las regulaciones del Grupo 4. Hace 40 años, este automóvil celebró su debut deportivo en la Serie Procar y entró en los anales de la historia del Arte Pop .

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

El BMW M1 Art Car de Andy Warhol cumple 40 años.

BMW M1 diseñado por Warhol 

Muy pronto después de que se aplicó la última pincelada, el BMW M1 diseñado por Warhol demostró cuán rápido puede ser una obra de arte. En junio de 1979, el BMW M1 adornado con el número de inicio 76 compitió en la carrera de 24 horas de Le Mans. El piloto alemán Manfred Winkelhock, y los franceses Hervé Poulain y Marcel Mignot condujeron el Art Car al segundo lugar en su clase y lograron una clasificación de seis en la clasificación general.