When it comes to racing, Jaguar is not a company known to diddle around. They get this from a long line of successful racing car, not the least of which is the 1951 Jaguar C-Type. In production for 3 years, until 1954, the C-Type distinguished itself by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans not once, but twice, in 1951 and 1953. It was built on the very successful XK120 chassis, and managed to take advantage of all its strengths, while doing away with anything that could have slowed it down. It had a very rounded, aerodynamic shape that was both physically and aesthetically pleasing, allowing it to reach the very impressive top speed of 150 miles per hour.
The C-Type was powered by the awesome XK engine, a 3.4-liter straight-six powerhouse that produced 220 horsepower, fed by triple carburettors. In addition to its incredible top speed, it could accelerate to 60 mph in 7 seoncds.
While the C-Type was primarily designed for racing, Jaguar was happy to make some available to private, non-racing buyers, for the princely sum of 2,300 pounds. Unsurprisingly, only 54 of these wonderful automobiles were ever built. The 1951 Jaguar C-Type remains to this day an extremely rare and sought-after automobile.