Ecurie Ecosse returns to its roots with a reborn C-Type
In 1952 Stewart took his Jaguar to the little island of Jersey and trounced rivals from Aston Martin and Frazer Nash, beginning a storied career for Ecurie Ecosse which would include winning Le Mans in 1956 and 1957 in D-Types driven by Ron Flockhart, Ninian Sanderson, and Ivor Bueb.
The C-Type was were it all began and Ecurie Ecosse is celebrating by building seven “new” C-Types to mirror the team’s original seven cars—all of which still exist.
Ecurie Ecosse patron Alasdair McCaig says, “We are paying homage to these cars by creating a numbered sister car to each one. Meticulous in their detail, like their forebears, hand-built in Coventry and tuned by Ecurie Ecosse technicians.”
True to its form, Ecurie Ecosse is retaining as much originality in the new cars as possible while also adding a few “considered” improvements. The body is still hand-fabricated from thin-gauge aluminum alloy and fitted to a steel spaceframe chassis, although it is slightly wider, and significantly stiffer than the original. A straight-six Jaguar engine remains at the heart of the C-Type, but is of 4.2-liter rather than 3.0-liter capacity, and has fuel injection to deliver over 300 horsepower. Suspension and braking are uprated, and a five-speed manual transmission is fitted.
The meticulously applied blue paintwork is set off by airbrushed Ecurie Ecosse shields, while the interior is trimmed in blue leather by Crest and features a pair of Tag Heuer Master Time stopwatches on the dashboard.
The seven cars will cost £516,000 ($703,600) including taxes and will be road legal in the United Kingdom so can also be made to comply with U.S. regulations. With original Jaguar C-Types fetching ten times that price, these Ecurie Ecosse beauties also look like bargains.
You can watch the C-Type being driven in anger on the stunning Applecross Pass in the Scottish Highlands below.