|Open Two Seater|
|Right Hand Drive|
|7 October 1952|
|1952||British Racing Green|
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Record Creation: Entered on 18 October 2008.
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2009-03-15 00:16:51 | Anonymous writes:
Car was at RM auction 3/09
Chassis No. XKC-014
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $1,512,500
Chassis number 014 remains as one of the most original examples of its kind in that it retains its factory chassis, body and engine and most other important parts. Although it was certainly raced, this example seems to have escaped the ravages of crashes, blow-ups and other maladies that this type of car is often exposed to.
XKC 014 was sold by Max Hoffman, the New York City importer, to Commander John Rutherford, a great sporting car enthusiast. Rutherford wasted no time demonstrating his new Jaguar’s speed potential by being certified by NASCAR as having been timed at 134.07 mph on the beach at the Daytona Speedweeks early in 1953, thereby joining the exclusive “Century Club.” Commander Rutherford’s further speeding activities are not known, but in 1960 David S. Burtner purchased it from him.
Burtner, a Dow Chemical Company engineer, living in Buffalo, New York, raced the car in SCCA regional racing for a few years. Sometime later, he sold the Jaguar to Ralph Steiger, an Ohio schoolteacher for the princely sum of $2,000. (Ah, the good old days!) In the early/mid 1960’s, either Burtner or Steiger, for reasons not known, fitted a Valiant slant-six engine, but fortunately, retained the original Jaguar engine, gearbox and other parts that accompanied the car to its next owner. (In any case, the Valiant slant-six was a fairly practical retrofit, being very similar in size, weight and horsepower to the original Jaguar unit and likely not requiring major chassis modifications.)
The next owner of record, Berkhard Von Schenk of Germany was really the true savior of this C-Type’s provenance, for he commissioned British restorer Peter Jaye to carry out a full and proper restoration to original condition, of course utilizing the original engine. For those who do not know of Peter Jaye, it should be emphasized that he is likely the world’s foremost restorer of C-Type Jaguars and that the result of his labor is a product that is indistinguishable from that produced by the factory in 1952. The coachwork restoration was subcontracted to Bob Smith’s RS Panels firm, another standard bearer for perfection of the UK trade. In a recent interview, Peter Jaye described XKC 014 as he received it, “a nice original car with its matching engine and having most of its factory parts including the coachwork and requiring only minor chassis repairs, mostly in order to refit the original engine and gearbox.”
Berkhard Von Schenk kept the car for quite some time, eventually selling it to racing school and Lime Rock racing circuit owner, Skip Barber, through Jaguar expert and Classic Jaguar Association Registrar, Terry Larson, in 2002.
Skip Barber maintains a 20 car collection of esoteric and beautiful cars in Sharon, Connecticut and the C-Type quickly assumed the status of “favorite driver.” Although Mr. Barber did not race XKC 014, it is road registered and was often driven over the twisty “sports car roads” that connect his home with an office in Lakeville, Connecticut.
Skip Barber will be attending the Arizona auction and is available to speak with potential buyers of this wonderfully original Jaguar.
2009-10-22 21:07:06 | pauls writes:
Car is now on display at The Auto Collections, Las Vegas, Nevada.
2010-07-18 16:26:50 | Gary Kraft writes:
Burtner put the slant 6 in the car for a race in NC in 1962. Steiger purchased the car at the conclussion of the race. My understanding was he sold it because he could not bring the car up to safety standards for racing the next year. Steiger brought the car to Hamilton, Ohio where it remained on blocks for 24 years. He did restore the frame and coach body and removed the slant six engine. He than was unable to do any more work on the vehicles restoration because he could not find specifications to restore the frame for the Jaguar engine. I sold the car for Mr. Steiger to a gentleman from Columbus, OH in 1986 for $260,000 US.
2012-02-05 12:50:06 | pauls writes:
RM auction listing above seems to be from 1/20/06 rather than 3/09
2013-08-28 00:48:30 | Lorraine B writes:
This was my father's car (David S. Burtner). Do you know where it is now? I see it was on display in Vegas in 2009. Is it still there?
2015-10-19 14:48:36 | Steve Hutchinson writes:
Lorraine - I own the car now and it is back in the UK