Jaguar first launched its XK120 C in 1951 as a competition version of the already potent XK120 road car. This new sports racer soon became better known as the C-type and helped Jaguar to take-over the Sports Car Championships of the early Fifties. The C-type used a beautiful, streamlined body which was incredibly light and used the latest spaceframe construction methods.
Built primarily for competition, the C-type found itself being entered by many private teams as well as the famous Jaguar Works team. In 1951 the C-type stormed the finish line at Le Mans in first place and did so again in 1953, with the aid of its new disc brakes. Today the C-type is almost unobtainable, as most surviving examples are tucked safely away in museums around the world.