1968 Jaguar C-Type By Proteus

Asking Price: £87,950
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus
Jaguar C-Type By Proteus

Jaguar ‘C’ Type by Proteus

 

 

  •     Registration Number                : YSV 784

 

  •     Year of Registration                  : 1968

 

  •     Chassis Number V5                  : 1J51802DN

 

  •     Engine Number V5                    : 7552308-8

 

  •     Make (DVLA V5)                        : Jaguar 

 

  •     Body Type (DVLA V5)              : Sports

 

  •     Taxation Class                           : Historic

 

 

 If you are a little short of the £4,000,000 or so to buy a C Type that left Browns Lane Coventry in the early fifties’, and the £300,000 for a ‘tool room’ copy by Lynx or Peter Jaye will thwart plans to re-model the bathrooms and kitchen and undermine marital bliss, then an early ‘Proteus’ from the era of its founder, Jim Marland, is the perfect alternative. At substantially less than half the price, and with a reputation for engineering excellence and superb craftmanship, this example of Proteus Engineering has stood a thirty two year test of time.  

 

And here size matters, even if only an “inch and a half”. Why? Because the very early Proteus examples used an axle identical in width to the original cars, whereas most replica C Types subsequently used the wider rear end readily available from a derelict E Type - which is why the body shape never looks quite right. Cast an eye over an original example from Browns Lane, blink, and the extra “inch and a half” width in the later replicas from other suppliers becomes immediately apparent. 

 

And for the ‘anorak’ who wants to know quite how Marland then achieved the correct shape with the wheels filling the wheel arches, the additional answer lies with him commissioning Orson Engineering to produce special hubs specifically for the Proteus C Type, this car having just been fitted with a new hub that had been sitting in Orson’s stock for thirty years. 

 

The process of building ‘YSV 784’ began thirty two years ago by a lifelong Jaguar enthusiast, working closely with Proteus founder Jim Marland, the History File containing a very detailed description of how the car was built. In fact the owner was so enthusiastic about working with Proteus that he also had a D Type built, which we are privileged to offer alongside this car.  Proteus offered various specifications, this car being completed to the same specification as the 1953 Le Mans C Type, and finished appropriately in Ecurie Ecosse ‘Flag Blue’. Not only did Marland insist on full engineering integrity during the build of each car, but he also ensured that the components were of matching quality. So in this case ‘YSV 874’ uses three original Italian 45DCOE Weber carburettors, now worth £15-20,000 to someone running an Historic E Type lightweight, rather than the cheaper Spanish alternatives or SU set-up that are typically used. 

 

The car remained in the family for the next thirty two years until 2022, during which it was used regularly for classic car events and tours, including fast trips to Le Mans, this being the first time that ‘YSV 784’ has been offered for sale.

 

Looking just right is important, but so is a technical specification that makes driving both exciting and a pleasure. With this in mind the car was built to a very high technical specification, including:

 

1.    3.4 Litre engine, the correct size for a C Type

 

2.    Triple 45 DCOE Webers (original Italian manufacture, not Spanish)

 

3.    Four speed all synchromesh Jaguar gearbox

 

4.    Laycock de Normanville Overdrive

 

5.    Racing side exhaust

 

6.    Disc brakes all round

 

7.    Brake booster

 

8.    SPAX ‘coil over shock absorbers’

 

9.    Blockley 6.50 x 16” tyres 

 

10.    ‘Le Mans’ fuel filler

 

11.    Electric cooling fan

 

12.    ‘Willan’ racing harnesses

 

13.    Tonneau cover

 

Offered fresh from a full and exceedingly thorough £9,857 service by leading Jaguar specialist William Heynes Ltd,  and though exempt as ‘Historic’ it secured a new MOT until April 2023 without advisories.

 

Measured in either ‘Excitement-per-mile’ or ‘Sterling Pounds-per-smile’ there is nothing quite like it, other than its sister D Type currently sitting alongside.

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