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 accurately 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” louvers (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 strengthened (chassis XKC051 – XKC053).
Full tubular chassis fabricated exactly as original and finished in correct silver epoxy for maximum durability.
3.4 litre Jaguar 6 cylinder fully balanced and blueprinted with factory C Type modifications including 9.0:1 compression, C Type camshafts, modified cam cover with breather provision, 2 in sand cast carburettors with cold air box, aluminium flywheel and diaphragm clutch and a correctly cast two piece sump.
This engine develops approximately 190hp. 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.
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 16×5 XK120 wire wheels and 600×16 cross ply tyres with chrome spinners.
C Type aluminium bucket seats trimmed in Connolly leather, full C Type instrumentation including 160mph speedo and 6500 rpm tacho, all exactly as original. Full width 1952 production C Type windscreen fitted.
The standard Jaguar Moss box is fully rebuilt with new close ratio gears and the correct mechanical clutch mechanisms are manufactured and fitted. The donor MK VII differential is extensively modified to original C Type specification. The centre is rebuilt and new billet axles are fitted.
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.
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.