Founded in 1980, Proteus is a thoroughly British company, with a uniquely-skilled British engineering team. Over the years, 260 Proteus C-Types have been made, 11 of these using the dramatically-enhanced 'clever' performance and build quality of the latest design, with the body and chassis created in Coventry and the final assembly completed in Henley on Thames. Built to the highest British standards, every Proteus C-Type is a combination of our classic engineering knowledge and the very latest motor-racing technology. We create a maximum of twenty cars each year for the British and European market and invest 1,000 hours and use over 600 individual parts in the construction of each car.
The Proteus C-Type is a precisely engineered modern interpretation of the 1950s racing thoroughbred, the Jaguar XK120-C or C-Type. One of the world’s all-time great competition sports cars, the C-Type was designed to win the Le Mans 24 hour race. In its first year, it won outright, and with the later D-Type, continued to dominate the international sports car racing scene throughout the 1950s in the hands of drivers such as Sir Stirling Moss, Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt.
This short film, made by Jaguar at the time, shows the C-Type making history at Le Mans.
With the remarkable success of the C-Type at Le Mans, Jaguar immediately secured its place in motoring history. This legendary endurance race, fought over 24 gruelling hours, proved the perfect stage to showcase the car's superior design, performance and flat-out speed. Today the original Jaguar C-Types are amongst the most desirable and sought after classic cars, with the best examples fetching prices in the millions of pounds.
Proteus have taken this winning formula and used the latest engineering and manufacturing processes to add outstanding handling, braking and reliability to an already heady motor-racing mix.