After Jaguar's first tentative attempt at Le Mans in 1950, when 3 private owners, in almost standard XK 120's, under the watching brief of the great Lofty England, showed huge potential, it was decided to develop a purpose built racer for 1951.
This would be known as the XK 120 C , but rapidly became known simply as the C type.
First time out of the box, in 1951, it was obviously "right"' and the experienced pairing of the Peters, Walker and Whitehead, won the race a new record speed of 93.5 mph.(No.20)
1952 was not a successful year, the under-developed long nosed cars all failing, but in 1953 it was back to winning ways, Rolt and Hamilton triumphing at 105.9 mph, yet another new record (No.18)