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1952 Jaguar C-Type Roadster / XKC055 Vehicle Information

1952 Jaguar C-Type photograph

1952 Jaguar C-Type photograph

1952 Jaguar C-Type photograph

1952 Jaguar C-Type photograph

1952 Jaguar C-Type photograph

1952 Jaguar C-Type photograph

1952 Jaguar C-Type photograph

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William Lyons introduced his XK 120 at the 1948 London Motor Show. The war had just ended and the country was ready to resume and reassemble their lives. Lyons underestimated the appeal of the XK 120, as interest and demand for the vehicle skyrocketed. What was originally going to be a low production car, became a mass produced treasure. The initial cars were constructed from alloy, though the process was slow and tedious. Once Lyons realized there was a high demand for the cars, they were switched to steel bodies. A total of 240 alloy bodied examples were created.

The race prepared cars, the C-Types, were true performance machines, and proved this by winning Le Mans in 951 and again in 1953. Jaguar would go on to claim a total of seven overall victories in their C-Type racers.

This 1952 Jaguar C-Type was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida. It was offered without reserve and estimated to sell between $125,000 - $175,000. The car is a replica, built by David Brown of Invercargill, NZ. It has an aluminum body and tubular chassis constructed from factory drawings which makes this nearly identical to the original. It is powered by a Jaguar 3442cc inline six-cylinder double overhead camshaft engine with dual sand-cast SU carburetors capable of producing about 210 horsepower. It has a C-type intake manifold including an aluminum cold air box and C-type exhaust manifold. There are D-Type Wade 140 cams, lightweight flywheel, and Powermax Hepalite pistons.

Mated to the engine is a Moss four-speed manual gearbox with a C-type top casing. The suspension, brakes, and most other mechanical components were built to C-Type specifications. The tribute to the C-Type continues to the interior, where the pieces are genuine C-Type, which includes switches, aluminum seats, steering wheel and instrumentation.

In nearly every way, this is an exact replica of the real thing. An original C-Type would command a seven digit price tag; this replica sold for $137,500.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007



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1952 Jaguar C-Type Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 Jaguar C-Type
Chassis#: XKC 007
Sold for USD$5,285,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Icons
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1952 JAGUAR C-TYPE TWO-SEAT SPORTS RACING ROADSTER
Chassis#: XKC 042
Sold for USD$4,869,059
  2013 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1952 Jaguar C-Type
Sold for USD$2,530,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1952 Jaguar C-Type
Sold for USD$137,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1952 Jaguar C-Type's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1952 Jaguar C-TypeXKC 0142021 RM Sothebys : London $4,000,000$4,500,000
1952 Jaguar C-Type Sports Racing Two-SeaterXKC 0142020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours $6,500,000$7,500,000
1952 Jaguar C-TypeXKC-0152010 RM Auctions Automobiles of London$1,750,000$1,900,000$2,400,000

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