The Proteus C-Type engineering team have taken the original iconic body shape and added the latest race-bred manufacturing design, materials and engineering tolerances. This includes an impressive and extremely reliable straight-six Jaguar 4.2 XK engine that, coupled with the latest engine management controls, five-speed manual gearbox and lightweight limited slip differential, generates an effortless 260 BHP, propelling the car from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds.
From the outside the Proteus C-Type looks every part the classic Le Mans racer but on the inside, the Proteus C-Type is every part the modern sports car. Using the latest state-of-the-art Superform technology each body panel is perfectly formed. A full high tensile steel tubular chassis is powder coated for long term protection, whilst the laser-cut inner panels combine lightness with outstanding rigidity and strength. The immaculate Dupont paint process is also in line with that used by other high-end manufactures and the customer is free to select any colour that takes their fancy for their new Proteus. Specifically designed Nitron dampers and the combination of heritage tyres keep the Proteus C-Type pin sharp for every road surface.
A lifetime of racing experience and over 1,000 man hours are invested in building each Proteus C-Type from scratch in our Coventry and Henley workshops. As with the original 1950s production models, every car is hand-built to the customer’s precise personal specifications. Colour, leather, trim, sports performance upgrades - everything is made just the way the customer likes it.
No detail is overlooked, with each car being painstakingly hand-finished with our precision coach-working. Every part of this detailed construction is planned to perfection with the body alone requiring 600 hours before being sent for final assembly.
The beating heart of every Proteus C-Type is a completely re-mastered original Jaguar XK 4.2 litre engine. First introduced in 1949 and manufactured up to 1992, this classic engine is renowned for producing high levels of torque thanks to its advanced valve and cylinder head configuration. We select the latest model engine we can find, then piece-by-loving-piece re-build it to the most exacting modern standards using the latest precision technology, parts and motor racing expertise. The result is an authentic, growling and rasping Jaguar XK4.2 engine, running smoothly, reliably and powerfully under that iconic bonnet.
Final assembly and testing of each new Proteus C-Type takes place at our Hofmanns workshop here in Henley on Thames. Proteus Sports and Racing Cars ensures each new C-Type is road tested and finished to the highest standard, performance and quality finish. We then provide every car with a comprehensive one-year mechanical warranty.