CMC Jaguar C-Type - 1st 1954 Goodwood BARC Sports Car Race #19 J. Stewart 1:18 (CMC192)
CMC 1:18 diecast model of the #19 Jaguar C-Type as driven to victory by Jimmy Stewart in the 1954 BARC Goodwood sports car race.
In April 1954, the Ecurie Ecosse team acquired the three triumphant C-Type lightweight racers from Jaguar. They immediately had the cars painted in the team’s ‘flag metallic blue’. The team finished the 1954 season with no less than eight victories. But the highlight of the season was probably Jimmy Stewart’s victory at Goodwood in the number 19 car. (Jimmy was actually Jackie’s elder brother).
The C-Type fleet was sold off at the end of the year to fund the purchase of new D-Types. The Goodwood car, XKC 052, was eventually sold to Peter Blond, who continued to campaign the car in the UK and overseas.
At Pebble Beach in August 2015, chassis XKC 052 was sold by RM Sotheby’s for £13.2 million, making it the most expensive Jaguar ever. The edition of this replica is limited to 1500 pieces worldwide.
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.