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Lot 437: 1952/199 Proteus C-Type

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

1952/1995 Jaguar C-Type by ProteusRegistration Number DCH 713 Chassis Number 660982Proteus is one of the few firms making reproductions of classic cars to have established an international reputation for quality; indeed, several books on modern sports cars list Proteus as a maker in its own right. Only 54 original Jaguar C-Types were made and it is worth noting that the first three World Champions, Giuseppe Farina, Alberto Ascari and Juan-Manuel Fangio all bought them as road cars. It is not hard to understand why, the body was aerodynamic at a time when most of the opposition was 'streamlined', the C-Type had a space frame when such chassis were rare, and the engine was the most sophisticated production unit in the world. Then there was also the matter of wins at Le Mans, in the Tourist Trophy, the Reims 12 Hours and a host of lesser events. The qualities which made the C-Type so attractive to three of the greatest drivers in history hold true today. In fact (whisper it softly) the use of later Jaguar components makes a Proteus version a more practical proposition than an original. There is another important factor: most purists would run a mile rather than be seen in most reproductions, yet these same people would be delighted to own a C-Type from Proteus. A look at a list of distinguished collectors who own such cars is an interesting exercise, but perhaps they recognise the unique relationship between all XK Jaguars.This particular Proteus was professionally built in 1995, believed by the vendor to be John Gregson. The car is in excellent condition throughout having been reconditioned by them in 1999 and repainted only last year. The engine is in excellent order, with excellent oil pressure, producing in excess of 220 bhp as dynometer test sheets with the car confirm.In the cockpit correct C-Type instruments are present and in the rear the car has bag tank struts, distinguishing the car from an earlier 1951 example. All components including the Le Mans driving lamp and the fuel access plate are all as a '54 race car.The car carries the valuable 1952 registration 'DCH 713' which alone has a value of approximately £5,000. Supplied with the car are photographs of the XK120 donor car, a V5 document, tax discs since 2000, Dyno sheets and a current MoT certificate valid until September this year.Estimate £30,000 - £36,000

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number437
Estimate£30000-£36000
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1952
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Registration numberDCH 713
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Chassis number660982
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