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The Ultimate Jaguar C Type - Production Car Specifications
Body: Our C Types are made in the time honoured method of hand forming aluminium and the use of a wooden forming buck. We don't produce fibreglass or Kevlar bodies. Our body buck, templates, drawings and jigs were produced from XKC003 when it was restored some years ago by Barney Tansley and David Brown in New Zealand. Countless hours went into carefully and accuratley measuring and recording every body dimension to enable the production of totally accurate and true to original C Type bodies.
We can produce any of the body variants offered by Jaguar from the early 2 door version with the unique "letterbox" louvres (chassis XKC001 - XKC003), to the most common production car body (chassis XKC004 - XKC050) then finally the Lightweight bodies featuring the bonnet scoop and rear body strengthener (chassis XKC051 - XKC053).

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Chassis: Full tubular chassis fabricated exactly as original and finished in correct silver epoxy for maximum durability.

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Front suspension: Independent with adjustable torsion bars and KONI adjustable shock absorbers, all as original. Lower control arms, torsion bars, torsion bar adjusters and anti roll bar all cast and manufactured to replicate the original.

Rear suspension: Exactly as original with specially fabricated lower arms, panhard bar, top link and adjustable torsion bar. KONI adjustable shock absorbers.

Steering: Rack and pinion steering, cast and manufactured to exactly replicate the original as are the steering arms and steering column. Blumel 17in steering wheel as original, adjustable for reach and column adjustable for height.

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Brakes: Lockheed 12in drums front and rear with tandem master cylinder, all as original. Specially cast "flyoff" handbrake fitted as original. New splined hubs with 5 silver 16x5 XK120 wire wheels and 600x16 cross ply tyres with chrome spinners.

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Engine: 3.4 litre Jaguar 6 cylinder fully balanced and blueprinted with factory C Type modifications including 9.0:1 compression, C Type camshafts, modified camcover with breather provision and 2in sandcast carburettors with cold air box, developing approximately 140hp at the wheels. We also modify the cylinder head to allow the use of unleaded fuels. The sump and exhaust manifolds are cast as original and the exhaust system is fabricated to original specification but in stainless steel.

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Gearbox: Standard Moss 4 speed gearbox with specially cast gearbox top and fabricated shift rods as original. Lightened flywheel and a 9in Borg & Beck diaphragm clutch is fitted for easier operation than the original.

 

Differential: Salisbury differential shortened and modified to C Type specification with any choice of ratio (usually 3.54) and new billet axles.

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Interior: C Type aluminium bucket seats trimmed in Conolly leather, full C Type instrumentation including 160mph speedo and 6500 rpm tacho, all exactly as original. Full width 1952 production C Type windscreen fitted.

Miscellaneous: 40 gallon fuel tank fabricated exactly as original, twin square bodied SU fuel pumps, radiator exactly as original, all Lucas electrics throughout with cotton braided wiring loom, all exactly as original.

Donor Car: We do as Jaguar did in the early 1950's; we source various vital components from a MKVII Jaguar saloon to use in the building of our C Type Jaguars. Jaguar had the luxury of simply picking these components from the MKVII production line, but these days we need to find a suitable unloved MKVII to provide us with components such the engine, gearbox, differential, some front suspension components, fuel pumps, horn and other smaller items and fasteners. These are all removed from the donor car and then rebuilt and modified to C Type specification.

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