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 XKC014 7 October 1952
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2009-03-15 00:16:51 | Anonymous writes:

Car was at RM auction 3/09
www.rmauctions.com/CarDetails.cfm

Auction description:
LOT: 150
Estimate:$1,450,000-$1,750,000 US
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.
autocollections.com/index.cfm

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?

2015-05-27 14:37:46 | Lorraine B writes:

I now have photos of the car from that race in 1962.

2015-10-19 14:48:36 | Steve Hutchinson writes:

Lorraine - I own the car now and it is back in the UK

2020-02-13 10:41:49 | Fritz writes:

car will be on auction at Bonhams at Amelia Island on March 05. 2020

2020-02-13 11:06:58 | pauls writes:

Above auction details:

www.bonhams.com/auctions/25719/lot/142/

Lot 142Ω

The Ex-Commander John "Jack" Rutherford

1952 Jaguar C-Type Sports Racing Two-Seater

US$ 6,500,000 - 7,500,000

£ 5,000,000 - 5,800,000

The Amelia Island Auction

5 Mar 2020, 12:00 EST

Chassis no. XKC 014

Engine no. E-1014-8

3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine

2 SU Carburetors

160bhp at 5,000rpm

4-Speed Manual Transmission

Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle

4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Well-documented and authentic example

*Original US Delivered Car

*Raced at the 1953 Daytona Speed Week

*Sensitive older restoration

*Eligible for numerous events from Mille Miglia to Goodwood

'014' is an exceptionally fine example of the ground-breaking C-Type Model which has a known and uncomplicated history for its entire life, the larger part in this country where it was delivered new. It is notable particularly for the originality of its bodywork, which so many others had replaced in their careers. Where collectors seek the most authentic and yet best racing career of a car, for many this is a contradiction in terms, in that by definition the more actively campaigned a race car was and the harder it was driven to achieve wins, inevitably they experienced crashes, engine malfunctions etc. which today challenge their intrinsic purity. A car such as this led a more sheltered life, yet emerges from its passage of time largely unscathed and is all the more collectible for it.

The sports racing Jaguar was supplied straight through Hoffman's in New York to Commander John "Jack" Rutherford of Florida. Rutherford must have been a prominent client that Jaguar valued as he had been able to secure the very first left hand drive XK120 a few years earlier, having seen it race alongside his on Healey-Silverstone.

Dispatched from the Brown's Lane Works on October 7, 1952, Rutherford received his C-Type in the rather striking scheme of Cream, offset tonally by a Suede Green interior trim, its numbers correlated directly with the frame, receiving engine number E-1014-8, and body no. K-1014.

Jack Rutherford was straight out of the gate with his new racer taking it to Daytona Beach in February 1953, where he was timed at 134.07mph during the NASCAR Speed Week! Taking the top honors that week ensured that he was featured in a number of publications of the time including Car World and Car Life. Those magazines record Rutherford as a seasoned sportsman, who had been racing cars since 1909 and was best known latterly for his speedboat adventures through the 1930s.

Interestingly he retained the C Type through to 1960, long after it had been joined by a D-Type in his garage. At this point the original owner sold it to David S. Burtner who would campaign it for the next couple of years in the Mid-West, including at Road America in 1962. Perhaps the decade old racer was becoming a little behind the pace, or Burtner preferred America power, but at this point for the remainder of his racing days he would run the car with a Chrysler Valiant Slant Six motor and Borg-Warner transmission, with a Positration rear end. In this form he was entered to run at Watkins Glen in 1964 but appears not to have shown. Fortunately he retained the original engine which has never been separated from the car (the cylinder head is a late XK120 unit), and was part of the package that he sold to Ralph Steiger of Hamilton, Ohio.

Steiger is basically largely responsible for the car's authenticity for he owned the car more than 24 years and in an era when it might have been challenged in an effort to keep racing, he did not. He did some light refurbishment, but otherwise did no more than store it.

In 1986 he finally parted with '014' to a gentleman also in Ohio and after this it would pass to Burkhard von Schenk in Germany, leaving America for the first time. Von Schenk entrusted two of the most respect restorers of their day, Paul Jaye and RS Panels to a full restoration during which the original engine and gearbox were returned to the car. Jaye's reminiscences of this exercise, quoted in the extensive 'Jaguar C-Type, D-Type and Lightweight E-Type Register' reference work are that it was a nice original example with the only noted repairs being needed to compensate for repatriating the running gear. This is endorsed by a review of the car today, which is particularly rewarding as most notably it includes its original tagged hood (bonnet), a feature which owing to their vulnerability in racing is very unusual.

Road registered in the UK by Von Schenk in 1990, he actively raced and road toured the car extensively over the course of the next dozen years, before it was acquired and returned to the USA with "Mr. Lime Rock", Skip Barber in 2002.

After a number of years of mostly road use, Barber sold the car and subsequent ownership has included that of other noted collectors and racers Joel Loeb and Bill Jacobs. The current custodian, a noted European collector of top-drawer cars had long admired the model and secured it a few years ago. While in these hands it has been road toured, and in the last few years received a full carb and fuel supply service.

The C-Type is one of the greatest all-rounders of 50s and 60s sports racing cars, in period they ran at and won Le Mans, they ran in the Mille Miglia, at Goodwood, the Monaco Grand Prix in the years that it was a Sports Car race, then all over the USA, at Waktins Glen, Laguna Seca, Sebring, one even ran the Carrera Panamericana! That roster of events has propelled their eligibility for the series of retrospectives that follow in the footsteps of this evocative era.

Better still, they are an absolutely joyous car to drive, tractable, reliable and comfortable too, making them one of the most ideal entries for any of the longer distance tours. The legendary and resilient Jaguar six cylinder power plant has also been increasingly developed by the number of race-preparation shops here in the States and UK ensuring that they can both run competitively and go the distance if that's what you want to do.

Their stature can be further measured by the number of major collections in which an example resides today including the Simeone Foundation and The Keller Collection. In short if you want to tour the globe and be eligible for almost any historic event, you need go no further than buying an C-Type, and of the '54' number built and '46' number left, this is a top tier example.

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