And both cost over $1.5 million.
We've known that Jaguar was planning to bring the C-Type back to life for some time as part of the C-Type Continuation series. It's been close to 70 years since the original C-Type arrived with its innovative disc brakes and dominated the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans, and new examples of the reincarnated car have begun reaching customers. The first one was shown in early July, and now Jaguar has taken the covers off two '70-Edition' models, each with bespoke features that make them entirely unique.
Each vehicle requires 3,000 hours of specialist construction, and that is evident in all the details, from the bodywork to the mechanicals and painstakingly crafted interior.
The first 70-Edition model is finished in a one-off Verbier Silver with a Cranberry Red leather interior. Inspired by the C-Type's Platinum Anniversary, Jaguar says that this color and trim combination will never be repeated.
Next is a 70-Edition that was conceived as a tribute to the winning 1953 car driven by Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton. That car was the C-Type XKC051, and to match it, the new 70-Edition is finished in the Works Team colors of British Racing Green with a Suede Green interior. The 70-Edition logo itself is said to draw inspiration from the visual features of the C-Type which was created by designer Malcolm Sayer. He was also responsible for the D-Type and E-Type.
Both of these 70-Edition models come with a bespoke key housing and a dashboard plaque from jeweller Deakin & Francis. This 230-year old company is England's oldest manufacturing jeweller and a perfect partner for the C-Type Continuation project. The dashboard plaque itself was crafted from the fuel tank that came from a 1953 C-Type.
These new 70-Edition twins and all other C-Type Continuation models are all built to the specification of the 1953 Works C-Type cars. They have an aluminum body and a 3.4-liter straight-six engine with refurbished triple Weber 40DCO3 carburetors, a mill that makes 220 bhp. Interestingly, Bentley has its own Continuation Series going with the revived Speed Six; like the C-Types, the Bentley has an inline-six engine and makes similar power.
"Each C-Type Continuation is a rare and special vehicle to grace any collection, but we are delighted to reveal these two exquisite editions to commemorate a landmark year for Jaguar and motorsport," said Matthew Bailey, senior manager for strategy and business development at Jaguar Land Rover Classic.
"In 1953, the introduction of the disc-brake combined with C-Type's clever design and engineering, meant that the vehicle was dominant at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The C-Type is a historically significant car with Jaguar pioneering disc-brake technology seventy years ago, and we often take for granted the fact that the disc-brake remains the industry standard."
Each 70-Edition costs £1.5 million (around $1.69 million), and that excludes local taxes. That amount is equivalent to over 16 brand new Jaguar F-Type R coupes.