CMC Jaguar C-Type 1953 gelb Ecurie Francorchamps 24H France #20 Roger Laurent/Charles de Tornaco
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Product.Nr.: CMC M-194
M-194 CMC Jaguar C-Type 1953 yellow Ecurie Francorchamps 24H France #20 Roger Laurent/Charles de Tornaco
Finished in sunny yellow, the Belgian racing color adopted by Ecurie Francorchamps. This #20 car finished ninth in Le Mans 1953 with Roger Laurent and Charles de Tornaco at the wheel.
CMC therefore decided to develop this in terms of motor sports and color scheme interesting variant. The result is a miniature of impressive charisma and sporty dynamics.
- Model: Precision model hand-assembled
- Manufacturer: CMC GmbH, Classic Model Cars, Germany
- Scale: 1:18
- Item-No.: M-194
- Color: Yellow
- Driver: Roger Laurent / Charles de Tornaco
- Parts: ---
- Limited Edition: 1,000
From the beginning the long-distance classic was the main target for Jaguar, they were aware of the marketing effect of a success in Le Mans. As backup for the three cars Jaguar factory team, Ecurie Francorchamps, who was founded the year before, came to Le Mans and enjoyed the same factory management as the Lightweight C-Types. The impressive result of the two drivers de Tornaco and Laurent in the almost standard C-Type was a ninth overall at the finish.
The Ecurie Francorchamps was founded in 1952 by Jacques Swaters. The Belgian team took part in some Formula 1 races from 1952 to 54, but the only victory the team scored was with team owner Swaters took at the wheel at the 1956 Avus race, a non-World Cup Grand Prix. The Ecurie Francorchamps contested until the 1978 in sports car racing with Ferrari cars. But the beginnings can be found at Jaguar. The Belgian team took part in the 1953 Jaguar factory entry at Le Mans. Jaguar boss Lyons was impressed by the ninth overall and sent the Belgians to the remaining races of the season in Spa and the Nürburgring. The Belgian racing team competed again with Laurent and team owner Swaters at the Spa 24h in July, but was knocked out due to an engine failure. Also their entry in the Eifel at the end of August remained without countable success for the team – again it was an engine damage, which led to the retirement.
There after, XKC047 went back to Jaguar Cars Ltd. in Coventry and received a new engine with a Weber carburetor system and got the revised rear suspension of the Lightweight models installed. Subsequently, the C-type used by Ecurie Francorchamps was handed over to Dunlop as a test and development vehicle. Until 1959 XKC047 was still in racing, from 1963 on it remained for more than half a century in the possession of one family. This C-type was then the cornerstone of the significant Jaguar collection of Guy Griffith in southern England.
In 2016, the C-Type was sold at a Bonham auction in Monaco for 7.2 million euros – unrestored and totally authentic.
Finally the Ecurie Francorchamps competed again in the 1954 season with a Jaguar rebuilt C-Type (XKC011), also with Weber carburetors and was successful once more: fourth overall at Le Mans in 1954, a third place in Reims at the 12h race and a seventh Place at the legendary Tourist Trophy.
The use of racing team and/or driver names, symbols, starting numbers, and/or descriptions is solely for reference purposes. Unless otherwise stated, it does not imply that the CMC scale model is a product of any of these racing teams/drivers or endorsed by any of them.
- Sports car built on a tubular frame
- Body shell made of extra thin alloy sheet metal
- 3.4-litre 6-cylinder in-line-engine
- Two valves per cylinder controlled by two overhead camshafts
- Dry sump oil lubrication
- Mixture preparation with two SU 2”-carburettors type H8/9
- Coil/ capacitor ignition, one plug per cylinder
- Four-speed manual gearbox mounted to the engine
- Maximum output: 200 HP at 5,800 rpm
- Displacement: 3,442 cc
- Bore x Stroke: 83 x 106 mm
- Top speed: 230 Km/h (depending on ratio)
- Wheelbase: 2,438 mm
- Total length: 3,988 mm
- Total width: 1,638 mm
- Track front/rear: 1,295 / 1,295 mm
- Total height: 1,081 mm
- Curb weight: 970 kg (2102 lb.)
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