"Whereas the Ferrari
and Mercedes could all brake once pretty well and then overheat, the Jaguar
could repeatedly stop later and faster over and over again, and the Mille Miglia was the ultimate real world test. It was a joint idea between the team - where could we go, on the road, at racing speeds over a thousand miles - and we said if it can do this, then we will have a production brake that we can make available." The C-type later joined the other five Jaguar Heritage Racing entries to take the start of the event. These included two more C-types, a Mk VII saloon, and a pair of XK 120 models, one a roadster the other a fixed-head example.