CMC Jaguar C-Type - Christian Jenny - Red 1:18 (CMC193)
CMC 1:18 diecast model of the Jaguar C-Type Christian Jenny in red.
Chassis XKC 023 was first delivered to Charles Hornburg, Jaguar’s West Coast importer, in late 1952. From where it made its way to Joe Henderson, a Jaguar dealer in Seattle. Jack Douglas, a comedy writer and television producer, became the first owner of the car. He took every opportunity to show off the car to his Hollywood friends, but he also liked to race, so the C-Type was frequently entered into local events.
But Douglas’s interest in racing took a knock when the car suffered serious damage, and in 1962 it passed to Frank Schierenbeck, owner of a repair shop for European cars. For many years, nobody knew the whereabouts of the car. The search for the chassis XKC 023 began in 1986, but it was only found in 1997, albeit in a state of disrepair.
The car was put into restoration and, with the paint barely dry, it was entered into the Mille Miglia Storica in 2001 with Dr Christian Jenny, the new owner, at the wheel. In 2003, Jenny took XKC 023 to the celebrations in honour of the C-Type’s win at Le Mans. This replica will be a limited edition of 1000 pieces.
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.