Jaguar Classic is continuing its global tour of its authentic luxury collectibles, the C-type and D-type Continuations. The official classic division of JLR will be exhibiting at this year’s Monterey Car Week in California for the first time since 2018, at both The Quail, and in a debut for the brand, the Rolex Motorsports Reunion. This comes after both cars have been impressing clients and car fans alike, in the UAE, Japan, and Switzerland.
From Wednesday 16th August, Jaguar Classic will have three vehicles on display at Laguna Seca for the Rolex Motorsports Reunion, two of which are the C-type and D-type Continuation projects. This annually held event sees approximately 550 classic race cars descend upon it and is the largest event during Car Week.
On Friday 18th August, C-type and D-type Continuations will be presented at The Quail, an exquisite showcase of the finest automobiles in the world, where a 1956 Jaguar D-type was named Best of Show in 2022.
Jaguar Classic will showcase the craft, skill, and passion that goes into each of these luxury limited editions. Each Continuation takes over 3,000 to build by hand, by experts at JLR Classic’s Coventry based Works facility in the UK. They are new versions of some of the most iconic and pioneering racing cars engineered to exacting standards to ensure authenticity.
Paul Barritt, Director, Jaguar Classic, said: “We are immensely proud of the work everyone at Jaguar Classic Works have put – and continue to put – into these exquisite Continuation vehicles. They are true masterpieces with exceptional stories behind them. It is very special to bring these stories of Jaguar’s incredible heritage to life through the work of passionate and talented individuals, and to be able to share them with the world at events like Monterey Car Week.”
Revealed in 2021, the Jaguar C-type Continuation is a strictly limited run of vehicles built to celebrate the iconic C-type’s trailblazing heritage, and its numerous landmark victories. Each example can be specified in one of 12 heritage exterior colours and eight interior colours and is powered by a 3.4-litre straight-six engine producing 220bhp. Jaguar Classic will build no more than sixteen examples.
Built to the 1953 Le Mans-winning works team car specification, the C-type Continuations have been painstakingly researched and developed using an advanced combination of modern technology and archived Jaguar materials. It is the first Jaguar Classic vehicle to be reproduced fully utilising 3D CAD, using modern JLR facilities, feeding in original period source data for absolute authenticity.
The D-type Continuation restarted production of the iconic D-type racing car 64 years after the first examples were racing in 1954. Originally, in the 1950s, a run of 100 D-types was supposed to be built, but only 75 were completed. Restarting production after more than 60 years, Jaguar Classic is finishing the production run with 25 exclusive vehicles, meticulously crafted to an authentic, period-correct specification.
Jaguar Classic’s unique access to original engineering drawings and records ensures the experts at the Classic Works in Coventry accurately reproduce each vehicle. Clients can choose either 1955-specification Shortnose or 1956-spec Longnose bodywork.