The C-Type was successful in racing, most notably at the Le Mans 24 hours race, which it won twice. The car used the running gear of the contemporary XK120 in a lightweight tubular frame and aerodynamic aluminum body. A total of 53 C-Types were built.
The 502 C-Type is patterned after the 1952 production model. The1952 C-Type was the last of the SU carbureted, drum brake equipped vehicles and in 1953 went to Weber carburetors and disc brakes. The 1952 LeMans car was a modified design to make it more aerodynamic and is decidedly different looking than the model we offer.
The road-going XK120’s 3.4-litre twin-cam, straight-6 engine produced between 160 and 180 bhp (134 kW). The version in the C-Type was originally tuned to around 205 bhp (153 kW). Later C-Types were more powerful, using triple twin-choke Weber carburettors and high-lift camshafts. They were also lighter, and from late 1952 braking performance was improved by disc brakes on all four wheels. Made of aluminium in the barchetta style, it was devoid of road-going items such as carpets, weather equipment and exterior door handles.
502's C-Type design has been approved by the FIA and has received HTP Passport papers which allows it to be run in all historic FIA sanctioned races. These races include the LeMans, Mille Miglia & other historic races the c-type originally ran in.
502 C-Type – Specification
Engine: Jaguar 3.4 liter, six cylinder in-line. Wet sump lubrication with high capacity T-sump, double overhead camshaft. Two SU C-type carburetors, twin SU electric fuel pumps.
Exhaust System: Large Bore cast manifolds to twin down pipes. Side exit silencer with twin tips.
Clutch: Single dry plate, heavy duty.
Transmission: Moss 4 speed manual.
Suspension: Torsion bar independent front suspension with telescoping shocks. Transverse torsion bar live axle rear, with original design upper third link.
Braking System: Drum brakes front and year per 1951-1952 specification.
Wheels & Tires: 16” MWS C-type wire wheel, with 6.00 – 16 Blockley competition tires.
Bodywork: Tubular semi-stressed frame with integral bulkhead using CDW. Aluminum alloy body hand-formed in England. All dimensions as original specification. Aeroscreens and Perspex windscreens as original, with canvas two-piece tonneau. Interior finished in original materials.
FIA Homologation is an added option.