The Jaguar C-Type (actually Jaguar XK 120 C, the C stood for Competition = competition ) was a two-seat sports car for racing, which was developed in 1951 by the improved engine of the Jaguar XK 120.
The C-Type had a six-cylinder engine XK 120 with 3442 cc with 200 bhp. This would give these race cars 232 km / h They were equipped with Girling drum brakes on all four wheels. The C-Type was first used in May 1951 to the race track, and the team Peter Walker / Peter Whitehead won the 24-hour race at Le Mans immediate victory.
A street legal at that time was for such carriage without weather protection not unusual, as they drove to the rule on its own axis to the different race tracks.
While the " Production" limited series from 1952 corresponded to the original specification, Jaguar put itself already an improved and more powerful version. After Stirling Moss had caused due to the apparently overwhelming fast Mercedes -Benz 300 SL technicians to hasty aerodynamic improvements, just this proven in the Le Mans race as a handicap: All vehicles fell because of overheating.
For 1953 Jaguar offered further improved, in the outer lines back to the original design corresponding C types with even higher performance, some already with Dunlop disc brakes on.
1954, the C-type after 53 copies and one still based on the trellis frame of the C-type transition prototype was " XKC 054 " replaced by the Jaguar D -Type.