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Seven continuation Ecurie Ecosse C-types have been announced.
They will be handbuilt in Coventry, at the site Jaguar’s coachbuilders used in the 1950s, using traditional methods but, as with many continuation classics, expect a few 21st-century tweaks.
Because while power still comes from a period straight-six XK engine, capacity has been upped to 4.2 litres with a 92.07mm bore and 106mm stroke, which together with the addition of fuel injection, means there’s 300bhp and 280lb ft torque.
The cars’ brakes and suspension have therefore been uprated accordingly, and with the five-speed manual gearbox, there is the potential for a 156mph top speed, 0-62mph completed in 5.2 secs.
The gorgeous Jaguar C-type lines remain, the cars still made using thin-gauge aluminium alloy and mounted to a hand-welded, steel spaceframe chassis, albeit wider and stiffer than before, and laser-cut for accuracy.
Inside sit a pair of handmade aluminium bucket seats wrapped in blue leather, Tag Heuer stopwatches mounted on the dashboard and that famous Ecurie Ecosse shield.
Of course, the seven original Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-types achieved considerable success in period, with 59 podium finishes.
With the Jaguar team, C-types won at Le Mans in 1953, driven by Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton, and between ’55 and ’57, D-types won the endurance epic three times, first for the manufacturer, then twice for Ecurie Ecosse.
“The seven priceless chassis raced in period still exist today, coveted by their lucky owners, occasionally seeing the light of day for race or concours events,” said current Ecurie Ecosse patron Alasdair McCaig.
“We are paying homage to these cars by creating a numbered sister car to each one.”
The first of these seven continuation cars is finished. Appointments can be made to view and test drive the car at Hofmann’s in Henley-on-Thames – and if you have to ask the price, it probably means you can’t afford it.