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Jaguar revives 1950s C-type as latest Continuation series model

Jaguar is reviving its C-type sports car as the latest Continuation series model.

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Jaguar is celebrating 70 years of the C-type by extending its successful Continuation series of models to include the legendary 1950s sports car. Production of the models will be limited, just as it is with the D-type, E‑type, and XKSS Continuation models.

This new C-type Continuation program will allow historic motorsports enthusiasts to purchase a factory-built, historically accurate example of the C-type directly from Jaguar, for the first time in the 21st Century. Each model is slated to be built by Jaguar Classic experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, England.

Jaguar C-type 1951 1952 1953 racing race The C-type was driven by racing legends during its short run.Photo by JDHT

"Driven by some of the most-admired racing drivers in history, the C-type laid the foundations for Jaguar's success in endurance racing and is synonymous with design and engineering innovation," said Dan Pink, Director, Jaguar Classic. "Seventy years on, Jaguar Classic is proud to be able to utilize the latest innovations in manufacturing technology – alongside traditional skills and unrivaled expertise – to reintroduce this legendary car for a new generation of enthusiasts to enjoy."

The C-type was originally built from 1951 to 1953. It won the 24 Hours of Le Mans at its debut in 1951, scoring the first of seven outright wins for Jaguar at the endurance race. The 1952 model was the first vehicle to adopt disc brakes. It won Le Mans again in 1953.

1951 1952 1953 Jaguar C-type race racing checkered flag track The C-type was known for it's on-track prowessPhoto by JDHT

Of the 53 Jaguar C-type sports cars built in the 1950s, 43 were sold to private owners. Those production models were limited to drum brake-equipped cars with twin SU carburetors and an engine that output just 200 horsepower. This was the style of the 1951 cars.

Each of the Continuation cars will feature a 220-horsepower 3.4-liter inline-six engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburetors and disc brakes, the same specification as the 1953 Le Mans-winning works team car spec. Buyers will be able to add an FIA-approved Harness Retention System.

Each car will not be built to be a capable daily driver. These C-types will be eligible for historic racing, track, and closed-road use only.

Jaguar C-type Continuation

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To create each model, Jaguar didn't just reference original engineering drawings and company records. They used the latest computer aided design (CAD) technology to create the most authentic C-type possible. Enthusiasts will be able to use that CAD software to configure their own model virtually, comparing the color and trim options from 12 exterior colors and eight interior colors as well as racing roundels, steering wheel badging, and hood badging.

Eight examples of the C-type Continuation car will be built ahead of an owners-only event in 2022.

Jaguar C-type Continuation car configuration options

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This 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV sold for a high sum.

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This month, two 1970s-era Lamborghinis crossed the block, each achieving a record selling price. But, not all that glitters is gold. Both models have what RM-Sotheby's terms "a troubled history".

The 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV is chassis #4980. It has been certified as one of the 150 models produced. It was set apart from other Miuras by its different cam timing and altered 4x3-barrel Weber carburetors. Its 3.9-liter V-12 engine that was tuned to achieve 380 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. When it was new, it rode on Pirelli Cinturato tires.

The year before the Miura SV debuted, Lamborghini development driver Bob Wallace modified a Miura to comfort to FIA's Appendix J racing regulations. Among the mods was the replacement of the the steel chassis and body panels with aluminum alloy versions. It as given the name "Miura Jota". The '71 Miura up for auction was altered to mimic this model during its life, but has recently been restored it its original trim.

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

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Following its restoration the Miura SV received its certification from Lamborghini Polo Storico.

A 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 with chassis #1120262 underpinning has a similarly troubled history. It was at one time owned by Rod Stewart, but that's not the trouble. It was a victim of multiple transformations (including the roof removal), before being restored to its original specifications.

The Miura SV fetched €2.4 million, the second highest value ever for a Miura SV, second only to one sold by Gooding & Co. in London last September. The Countach LP 400 went for €775,000.

"This is a pleasing but not surprising result, since it confirms a clear trend," says Paolo Gabrielli, Head of Aftersales at Automobili Lamborghini, which oversees the Polo Storico. Historical Lamborghinis are of increasing interest to the world's leading collectors, who are looking for the utmost respect for originality in their cars. The Polo Storico restoration program, alongside supporting top independent specialists through the provision of advice, documents and original spare parts, makes it possible to obtain restorations of the highest level and quality, which are appreciated by collectors and, consequently, by the market."

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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

    Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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