Andrew Tart Motor engineering have been looking after this lovely old car for around 15 years, The car is a glimpse in to the past as there has been no renovation needed, it is simply original, possibly the most original C Type remaining. It is with ATME at the moment as a gearbox bearing failed and chipped a gear.
When the car is seen it is obvious that it is the real thing. Different layers and different coloured paint can be seen on the worn edges of the cockpit and bonnet aperture, each showing the years of history in an undisputable way.
Below is a list of achievements and a description of the cars history.
The story of XKC 011
The most significant C Type Jaguar
For the 1952 Le Mans race all three works cars were re-shaped with a long aerodynamic body, this was as a result of reports that the Mercedes Benz 300SL had a higher top speed and would also be running.
Jaguar would have been confident of a good result having won in 1951 at their first attempt with the C Type.
However it wasn’t to be, all three cars retired from the race with associated cooling problems. Moss and walker were driving 011 and were the last to retire after losing oil pressure.
At the time the small radiator air take of the new bonnet was blamed. It was later discovered by Norman Dewis that it was the diameter of the water pump pulley, creating cavitation problems . This had been modified along with a new low-line radiator to suit the new aerodynamic body
In 1953 XKC011 went on to race throughout Europe but didn’t return to Le Mans 24 hour. However other C Types ran and finished 1st and 2nd.
By 1954 XKC011 was being used to develop Dunlop disc brakes, and assessing Avon / Pirelli tyres. The D Type was now up and running making the C Type redundant.
Ecurie Francorchamps, a Belgium racing team had good relations with Jaguar and where promised a works C Type for the 1954 Le Mans. Their original car, chassis XKC47 was essentially a road version. XKC012 was to be the chosen car and had been prepared for the race by Jaguar themselves. It was given the identity of XKC047 and painted yellow. This was to overcome any problems at the borders. This was a much easier job than getting a new carnet certificate and considerably quicker.
As was the norm the works cars, three D Types and the newly painted C Type XKC012 (XKC047) set out from Browns lane, heading for the English Channel and then a ferry on to Cherbourg. The original yellow XKC047 stayed behind in the development department.
Frank Rainbow, the works mechanic crashed the C Type near Monteboury. The car was heavily damaged having hit a concrete post. The car was not in any state to race.
It was then thought that XKC012 was flown in to Cherbourg and driven on to Le mans.
It has now been proved that it was the works car XKC011 that replaced the damaged XKC012 (XKC047)
At a private garage in Le Mans the engine and other components were exchanged from XKC012 (XKC047) to XKC 011 and a yellow strip painted though the centre of its bonnet.
Organisers allowed the C Type two discretionary laps with the car to prove it was competitive and allowed it to start from the back of the grid as it was not the original car entered.
Roger Laurent and Jacques Swaters were to finish 4th overall, the second Jaguar home.
Note the long body style. I think this body was used in 1952 only. During the 1952 Le Mans race, the car overheated. The small air intake was blamed at the time, and the conventional C- Type body was fitted shortly afterwards. It is said that the real reason was water cavitation due to excessive water pump speed, this was reduced by fitting a larger water pump pulley.
10th May, SilverstoneDaily Express meeting, Peter Walker, race number 41, retired
15th June, Le Mans, with long nose body, Moss/Walker, race number 17, overheating problems, retired
16th August, Goodwood 9 Hour, Moss/Walker, race number 1, finished 5th overall.louvres were cut in driver’s door after Moss complained about the heat.
August, Shelsley Walsh hill climb, Walker, first in class of sports cars over 3,000cc and Best performance by a Sports Car 41.14 seconds taking the hill record.
September, Prescott hill climb, Walker, race number 47, first in class of sports cars over 3,000cc and Fastest Sports car, 47.53 seconds and taking the hill record.
27thSeptember, Goodwood, Tony Rolt, race number 69, finished 1st overall.aPanhard rod to the rear axle was now fitted.
26 April, , Mille Miglia, Moss/Morris-Goodall, race number 542, retired when the back axle failed, the tube twisting in the differential housing. After repairing the axle), Len Hayden then drove it to Sicily for the Targa Florio
14 May, Targa Florio, Tommy Wisdom, race number 78, finished 17th overall.
18June, Isle of Man, British Empire Trophy, Moss, race number 52, 2nd in heat, finished 4th overall in final (cylinder head number RJ.29, SU carburettors, 3.54:1 axle)
November, used by the factory as an experimental test car.
Note the yellow strip though the bonnet. It seems that the complete car was painted yellow at some stage in 1954 . This yellow paint can be seen on the bonnet edges and other areas.
The car was tested with an oil cooler in January 1954, it was also used for evaluating Avon and Pirelli tyres; Moss favoured Avon.
Early June, The car was flown to Cherburg and then driven to Le Mans as a replacement for XKC 012 (now numbered XKC 047) Frank Rainbow had crashed XKC012 (XKC047) on the way to the circuit. A yellow stripe was painted down the bonnet of XKC011 and the race organisers allowed Ecurie Francorchamps two discretionary laps with the car to prove it was competitive and allowed it to start from the back of the grid.
13TH June, Le Mans, entered by Ecurie Francorchamps, Roger Laurent/Jacques Swaters, race number 16, and finished 4th overall
The car was then loaned to Ecurie Francorchamps.
15 August, Zandvoort, Dutch International meeting, Laurent, race number 60, finished 1stin the heat and finished 3rd overall in main race.
Car then returned to the factory.
Car rebuilt and engine fitted with Weber carburettors.
The car was lent to Dunlop for test purposes, repainted Battleship Grey and registered POV 114 on 10th of January, engine changed, new number E 1066-9, taxed by Dunlop 14th January 1955.
January 1957, the car was sold by Jaguar to Michael Salmon, an employee in Jaguar’s Service Department. March 13th 1957, ‘works’job sheet mentions ‘waterproofing both doors’
11th May 1957, Goodwood, BARC members meeting, Salmon, two races entered, finishing 2nd and 6th overall.
18th May 1957, Silverstone AutosportChampionship meeting , Salmon, finishing 2nd overall.
19th May, Brands Hatch, Salmon, not placed
15th June, Aintree, Salmonfinished 4th overall
25th June, painted blue at the factory
6th July, Mallory Park, Salmon, race number 51, finished 3rdoverall
28th July, Snetterton entered as Ecurie Anglo-Belge, Salmon, race number 26, finished 6th overall.
7th September, Brighton Speed Trial, Salmon, 2nd in class 26.85sec.over the standing quarter mile.
8th September, Firle hill-climb, Salmon,1st in class,best time of day 28.38 sec.
6th October, Brands Hatch, Sporting Record Trophy meeting, Salmon, finished 2nd overall.
29th April, Mallory Park, Salmon finished 4th overall.
18th May, Silverstone Aston Martin Owners’ Club meeting, Salmon, finished 2nd overall.
1st June, Firle hill-climb, Salmon, second in class.
13th July, Silverstone Aston Martin Owners’ Club meeting, Salmon, finished 6th overall.
4th August, Brands Hatch, Kingsdown Trophy, Salmon, race number 82, result not known.
10th August, SnettertonWECC (?) meeting, Salmon, event 4 2nd in class, event 6 handicap race 2nd with fastest lap of 83.56 mph.
7th September, Silverstone SUNBAC meeting, Salmon, not placed.
14th September, Firle hill-climb, Salmon, best time of day and new record, 27.48 sec.
March, sold to Gordon Lee (by Salmon)
25th April, Brands Hatch Martini Trophy Meeting, Lee, race number 47, finished 5th overall.
May, Whit Monday Crystal Palace, Lee, not placed.
6th June, Silverstone Eight Clubs meeting, Lee, finished 1st overall.
12th July, Brands Hatch, Lee, finished 2nd overall.
1st August, Silverstone Bentley and Jaguar Drivers’ Clubs meeting, Lee, not placed.
3rd August, Brands Hatch Kingsdown Trophy, Lee, finished 2nd overall.
8th August, Silverstone, Lee, race number 119, 2nd in class.
September, Silverstone, Lee, not placed.
4th October, Brands Hatch, Lee, race number 67, finished 7th overall.
Silverstone, Motor Sport handicap, Lee, finished 1st overall.
The car was sold to Robin Sturgess on 8 January 1960, and repainted British Racing Green.
25th April, Mallory Park, Sturgess, finished 5th overall
30th April, Brands Hatch Martini Meeting, Sturgess, finished 3rd and 2nd in second race.
3rd June, Silverstone Martini Meeting, Sturgess, race number 4, finished 2nd
18th June, Aintree BARC, Sturgess, finished 3rd overall.
30th July, Silverstone Bentley and Jaguar Drivers’ Clubs meeting, Sturgess, finished 2nd and 3rd in second race
13th August, Silverstone 6 hour Relay, Sturgess, not placed
17th September, Ragley Park hillclimb, Sturgess, 2nd in Class.
The car was advertised for sale in Autosport on24 March 1961 byWE Sturgess.
3rd April 1961, Mallory Park, Sturgess, not placed.
By 2nd March 1962, Len Newman had bought the car, but by 22nd of May 1962, it had gone to KNW Moore of Middlesex.
Moore advertised the car for sale in Autosport on the 21st December 1962, and it was advertised again in Motor Sport April 1963. It was then bought by Guy Griffiths of Chipping Camden, and later passed on to his daughter Penny Woodley, who competed in the car in the late 1960s. The car is still owned by Penny, and used competitively and socially. It took part in the Jaguar factory cavalcade to Le Mans in 1993; in 1998, in the Danish Classic Car Rally and Copenhagen Classic Car Cup Street race, and in 2000, in the Copenhagen race again. It was also on display at Goodwood in 2009 and Shelsley Walsh 2011.