The best old new car on sale today?
There's been quite a boom in recent years for high-end 'restomod' remakes and re-imaginings of old sports cars, where the basic shape and internals are paired up with up-to-date powertrains, chassis setups and interior fittings to provide a 'best of both worlds' driving experience. The beautifully finished Porsche 911s from Singer Design are perhaps the best examples of this, with the stunning E-Type-based wares from Eagle coming in a very close second.
We also have a another kid on this particular niche appeal block: a company called Proteus, with its recently-refreshed version of a "brand new C-Type." From the outside, there isn't really much to separate the Proteus C-Type from the original Jaguar racing cars that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance event in 1952 and 1953. Only the modern disc brakes hidden behind the wire spoke wheels give a hint from the exterior of the car's more modern mechanicals. The reality is, though, that the Proteus C-Type is a genuinely up-to-date car, albeit one that's assembled via the means of old school craftsmanship.
For instance, though some of the panels are fashioned out of hands, all of the larger pieces are formed through a rather clever superforming system that isn't too dissimilar to the methods that companies like Jaguar and Morgan use on their cars. The powertrain is also breathed upon with the help of contemporary technology.
Yes, the basic block of the 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine is derived from an old Jaguar unit, but everything else has been comprehensively re-engineered, right down to the Bosch-sourced fuel injection system. All of this reworking endows the car with a perky 260 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque - enough to get this 2,200-lbs open-top sports car to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 130 mph. The car that can trace its roots back to the glory days of sports car racing in the 1950s is not all about the numbers, however. As the chaps from Evo will kindly demonstrate in the video, the Proteus C-Type is all about those delicious behind-the-wheel sensations.