• Jan 11th 2008 at 8:32AM
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Proteus, maker of hand-crafted replicas of bygone sports cars, is coming to America. Recently purchased by Enduro Cars, Proteus plans to restart production of its carbon copy Jaguar XK120 C -- the record-breaking Le Mans-conquering roadster -- that you'll be able to purchase for $133.000.

In addition to the XK 120 C, the company is looking at making a Lightweight E-Type and perhaps some early F1 cars. Last year, Proteus showed a C-Type coupe to the public to gauge reaction. No decisions have been made yet on that car, but the 21-year-old company is planning to begin fabricating three more Jags -- the SS100, XKSS, and D-Type – as well as the Aston Martin DB3S and the racing version of the gullwing 300SL, the 300SLR.

The company builds about 150 units of the XK 120 C per year, and each all-aluminum car comes with a 5-year, 60,000-mile warranty. Sure, it'll cost you $133,000, but that will get you a one of the most beautiful cars ever penned and cost a lot less in the long run than the original.

[Source: Gizmag]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      It may not be an original, but i love it and i want one! Infact i want all four of the possible cars that they are going to produce. I'm with Richard, i need to play the lotto.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As for powertrains, a straight six is the obvious choice....an RB26 or 3SGTE should do it. Probably shouldnt over-do it with boost though....maybe 20 or 25lbs...
        • 7 Years Ago
        my god, I hope you aren't serious.

        A japanese turbocharged inline 6, or a bmw inline 6 are very nice motors, don't get me wrong.

        but this car can't possibly have anything besides a proper XK engine, ~3.8 liters, with triple side draught webber carburetors. At MINIMUM, 3 SU-type carburetors.

        Leave the modern engines in modern cars, in this case.
      • 7 Years Ago
      IMO, the C-Type is the most gorgeous and feminine automobile ever produced. And - as a confessed Subaru fan-boy - I know beauty (joke).

      I am off to buy lottery tickets because this is the car I really want!

      Along with a new STi (I do live in New England, after all).
        • 7 Years Ago
        you and me are right there on the same page, buddy.

        and that ecurie ecosse white on flag blue is just the color I want, too.

        damn, they don't make cars look as good as they used to...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know the purists will be outraged, but this seems to me to be a no-brainer. If I was spending that kind of money for a car, why not a well-constructed updated classic like this? Several years ago a company in SoCal bought all the mid 60's GTO's, Chevelles, etc. it could afford, put 350EFI 4-wheel disc powertrains under them, and sold them for a damn decent price. What ever became of that enterprise? Besides, if I could afford that $$$ for a car, then I could also make it a daily driver, something even I wouldn't consider with an original XK.
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