This is what it’s all about.... here pictured is the Le Mans winning car of Duncan Hamilton and Tony
Rolt in the pits for the last time before winning the 1953 race. There are several reasons why this car
was so important to the Jaguar factory and the industry at the time, it was the first car to complete Le
Mans averaging over 100mph and also the first car to win the race with disc brakes. The First win for
the factory and the C-type at Le Mans came in 1951.
This was the first of many successes for Jaguar at the famous track in le Sarthe and put Jaguar on the
map as a serious sports car manufacturer. In total there were 54 XK120C’s or C-type built and either
raced by Jaguar or sold to private teams to race, which makes this car special in the fact it was not
mass produced. Genuine versions come to market very rarely and when they do the price is well beyond
that of the average man in the street, which is where the TWR Replicas fit into the market.
TWR Replicas offer their entry level C-type built from the ‘Heritage’ kit made from high spec GRP
(Glass Reinforced Plastic) the bodywork is a replica of the 1953 car and the tubular space-frame the
body it sits on, cosmetically replicates the original chassis.
For those that require an Aluminium body, we are also able to fulfil this requirement.
There are several major differences from the original design and specifications, which are aimed at
improving performance and further reducing the cost of procuring what are now hard to find components.
The engine, main suspension and running gear components are taken from a Jaguar XJ6 series
III saloon.. The 4.2 engine offers much better performance and reliability then the original tuned
3.4 version, this is mated to either a Jaguar 4-speed with overdrive gearbox or a modern Toyota 5-
speed offering better gearing and smoother changes. The rear IRS axle’s with shortened wishbones
and drive shafts present a reliable and economic alternative to locating and shortening a solid Jaguar
MK VII axle assembly. Everything else on the car is either custom made to replicate the original or is
refurbished, as this car is built from the chassis up modern components are used ensuring there are
no reliability issues often associated with classic or vintage cars.