Suffolk XK 120 C-type development
Roger Williams joined Ipswich Jaguar dealership Botwoods Ltd in 1960 as a Management trainee. Every aspect of running a major dealership and the myriad of internal service units were part of his 5 year training. Highlights included training weeks at Jaguar Cars at Browns Lane and visits to the assembly lines and engine workshops . These helped to instil a love of the Jaguar product.
Williams left Botwoods in 1965 to run his own business but 30 years later took over a small project making a recreation of the pre-war Jaguar SS100. All of his early skills learned at Botwoods now came back into sharp focus. The car project was purchased and extensively improved before being relaunched as the Suffolk SS100 in 1996.
Using the skills of the now expanding business and with the assistance of a number of Jaguar enthusiasts Roger decided to create a superior reproduction Jaguar C-type. He was most fortunate in being able to have unlimited access to a number of C-type owners cars and including a completely the original C-type 039 car .Importantly this car had never been damaged.
New body moulds were made and a true copy pf the original chassis was created.
In order to keep the car as true to the concept of the original C-type as possible it was decided to use E -type torsion bar front suspension rather than the more modern and widely used coilovers.
The rear suspension uses the original Jaguar pattern trailing arms and a Panhard rod attached to an extensively modified Jaguar MKII live rear axle,shortened to the correct C-type width.
The car has Lockhead disc brakes all round and can be fitted with a servo. The steering is rack and pinion with a safety collapsible steering column.
All Jaguar XK engines can be fitted. 3.4, 3.8 and 4.2 variants are available. These can be modified for performance and fitted with Weber carburettors.
The Jaguar Short Compact gearbox with overdrive is usually fitted but he car will accept a customer choice of alternative transmissions.
Mechanically and dynamically the car is designed to perform and feel just as the originals did back in the fifties. The subtle modifications made to the Suffolk C-type improve the car's efficiency without compromising the traditions of the original.
On the road the car displays fine handling and is certainly capable of achieving speeds of 150mph.
Every detail of the Suffolk C-type has been carefully crafted to achieve a reproduction that is a faithful copy of the original. Certain subtle modifications have been incorporated to improve driver comfort and convenience,
All parts to create a Suffolk C-type are available from Woodbridge as a Big Boys Meccano set . See the 'Self Build' and 'Works Built' web pages. A very comprehansive owners Build Manual is supplied and full technical and workshop customer back up is included. All parts supplied are guaranteed for 12 months.