Lot 215: Jaguar XK 120 / C-Type Evocation
The XK120 did so well on the race track and in rallies that it was developed in 1951 into the C-Type for competition. With an uprated XK engine, lightweight tubular chassis (which cost far more to make than the basic car's twin girder design) and more aerodynamic alloy body, the C-Type promptly won the world's greatest sports car race at Le Mans and, when fitted with revolutionary new disc brakes, went on to win again in 1953. It was inevitable that with just 53 C-Types being manufactured there would be an enormous shortfall in the demand for such cars. Consequently this immortal design has been the subject of a myriad of attempts to copy it and this is just one such example. The car on offer is a rare beast indeed and is probably the closest you can buy short of an original C-Type with its stratospheric prices. According to the previous owner who commissioned the assembly of the car, he purchased a chassis and an original 3.4 Litre engine block from the Beaulieu Autojumble in 1999. To match the chassis with the engine, the car has then been given the chassis number XKC044 and as such has been identified in the German registration documents as well as in the 2005 FIA papers. A new aluminium body was commissioned and the work carried out by Shape Craft engineering on an original C-Type jig. The rebuild and restoration was carried out by German specialists Classic Garage of Diessen, Bavaria from 2000 to 2005 and the car was subsequently road registered with Historic papers in Germany and received a FIA Pass in 2005/2006. Testament to the workmanship of its builders, XKC044 has never missed a beat despite numerous outings on such exclusive events as the Donau Classic 2006, the Alpen Classic 2007, the Edelweiss Classic 2009, Nuvolari 2010 and has already been accepted for the Ennstal Classic this year. Neither accidents nor any technical issues have been reported. Well known in Jaguar circles, this car is often referred to as the parallel car due to the exact specification and large numbers of original parts used. Not to be confused with lesser offerings.
Coys, Essen, Germany
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