CMC Jaguar C-Type - 1953-1954 Panamericana - #13 1:18 (CMC196)
CMC 1:18 diecast model of the #13 Jaguar C-Type as driven by Francisco Ibarra and Fernando Pinal in the 1953 - 1954 Panamericana.
The C-Type was the car to own and race in the 1950s. They were driven by many of the world’s most famous racers, and saw action at many of the world’s greatest tracks.
Chassis XKC 029 was delivered to US Jaguar importer Charles Hornburg in late 1952, from where it made its way to Mexico in early 1953. Its new owner, Paco Ibarra, entered the car into the 1953 running of the Carrera Panamericana, but engine failure meant the car did not finish the race. The car was then sold to Javier Velasquez, who entered the car into the ’54 running of the race. Unfortunately, once again, the car failed to finish.
A short time later, the car found its way back to Massachusetts. In 1981, it was sold to the Dunkerley family in the UK, who owned the car for over 30 years. In 2010, the car ran at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in its 1954 Panamericana livery. In 2016, the vehicle was sold by classic car specialist: Gregor Fiskens.
Most of the cars in the CMC C-Type series are being produced in limited editions of 1000 or 1500 pieces. For some reason, the Panamericana car has been limited to just 500 examples.
Obviously, as you’d expect, the doors and bonnet open, but not like they do on your average 1:18 model. On the Jaguar, the hinge mechanisms are simply scaled-down versions of those on the real car. The engine, of course, is faithfully reproduced, as is the exhaust system, the cooling system and the fuel and oil piping.
The front axle and suspension are made from metal. So is the rear axle, roll bar, longitudinal torsion-bar suspension, and so on. The hand-made radiator is fashioned from stainless steel. And both the fuel and oil-filler caps hinge just as they do on the real car. The wheels are perfectly crafted with stainless steel spokes and nipples on alloy rims. The wheels are held in place with threaded locking nuts. The interior is trimmed in genuine leather.
Nobody in the model business comes close to being able to incorporate this level of detail into their replicas. We’ve been saying this for a number of years, but we still think that, for what they offer, CMC’s subjects are the best value models in the business.
They take attention to detail, verisimilitude and craftmanship to a totally new level. Most 1:18 replicas, these days, are made from 100 parts or less. The most detailed might consist of 200 parts. CMC tell us that it takes more than six hours of an experienced model maker’s time to put together the C-Type’s required 1,555 parts.
We’re not suggesting a CMC replica is cheap. Clearly their models are relatively expensive, and beyond the reach of many collectors. But what CMC offers for the money is still unbelievable. We firmly contend that in the years to come, when CMC has stopped making models, their replicas will be heralded as masterpieces of a bygone era. Like a Vacheron Constantin clock or a Chippendale drawing-room desk. Whether you’re a classic car fan, a model collector, or just somebody with an eye for an investment, you’ll never regret becoming the owner of one of CMC’s miniature masterpieces.