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United KingdomTKV500

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Record Creation: Entered on 16 October 2008.

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Heritage Notes

Registered TKV 500, possibly HVA 860Y at one point.

Owner: Hans-Martin Schneeberger

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Updated April 24th, 2016. Not legal proof of ownership.

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2008-10-16 11:39:14 | pauls writes:

Car was offered 9/08 at:
www.jdclassics.co.uk

Sellers description:
Jaguar C-Type Period racing history with Masten Gregory

colour White
interior colour Racing
drive RHD
type Cabrio / Roadster
year 1952
Chassis No. XKC 015
price P.O.R.
VAT No
Registered TKV 500
country United Kingdom

Jaguar C Type, XKC 015, superb original example with wonderful patina, full documented ownership, successful period competition history including Masten Gregory''''s maiden victory at the Golden Gate Nationals, eligible for the most prestigious events, such as the Mille Miglia, the Tour Auto and the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco to name but a few.

2008-10-30 20:00:04 | pauls writes:

Car is said to have been registered HVA 860Y at one time.

2009-08-17 04:45:55 | terry mcgrath writes:

If not already it is presumably coming to Australia

2010-01-08 05:53:44 | Pekka T. writes:

Offered for sale by:
www.jdclassics.co.uk

Sellers description:

Body Colour: Cream.
Trim Colour: Beige Seats.
Odometer Reading: 50,800.
Technical Specification:
Engine: 3442cc
Gearbox: 4 speed manual
Wheels and Tyres: Original competition wire wheels.
HISTORY
Totally authentic Jaguar C Type - a superb original car with wonderful Patina.
Sucessful and important period competition history including:
Maston Gregory's maiden victory at the Golden Gate Nationals, San Francisco,
3rd in Bergstrom AFB Austin Texas,
Victory at AFB Omaha Nebraska,
2nd at Lockbourne AFB Columbus Ohio,
Victory for Sherwood Johnston in the Thompson Nationals, Connecticut,
Victory and Course Record in the Mount Washington, New Hampshire Hill Climb.
Full documented ownership, 5 owners from new.
Factory matching numbers and factory original colour specification.
One of the most genuine original competition C Types in existence.
Eligible for the most prestigious events, such as the Mille Miglia, Tour Auto and the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco to name but a few.
Full JD Classics suspension / steering / brake crack testing and overhaul just completed.
UK road registered, current FIA HTP papers.
A very rare opportunity, please contact us for further details.

2010-08-28 01:32:57 | Edward Howe writes:

My father owned this car at one point. Mr John Howe. He sold it to buy a caravan for his family to travel across america after a slight
accident with a porsche at Limerock speedway. What beautiful work of automobile. Im glad to see #15 is still in great condition and
hopefully still raced as they are most happy on the track.

2010-09-27 21:00:39 | pauls writes:

Car to be at RM auction 10/10
www.rmauctions.com/CarDetails.cfm

Auction description:
Automobiles of London
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
1952 Jaguar C-Type
- Original matching-numbers competition C-Type
- Ex-Masten Gregory, victory at Golden Gate Nationals, San Francisco
- Victory and Course Record in Mount Washington, New Hampshire Hill Climb
- Unbroken chain of ownership and delightful patina
- Eligible for the most prestigious events

The C-Type Jaguar presented here, chassis XKC-015, was despatched from Browns Lane on 14 October, 1952, finished in cream with suede green interior trim and optional 3.92 rear axle, for delivery to Charles Hornburg, Jaguar’s West Coast dealer in Beverly Hills. Hornburg had convinced William Lyons that competing in America would increase sales and had already received delivery of XKC-007, the very first C-Type to arrive in the US and a car which went on to be raced by Phil Hill.

Phil Hill recalled the arrival of the C-Types in America. “It was a big moment. These cars were not just a replacement for the XK120. People expected these cars to be a darn sight better than the 120 had ever been. The 120 was ‘gee whiz’ in’49 and still ‘gee whiz’ in ’50 but by ’51 they were passé – they were still very much envied as transportation but not taken very seriously as race cars. I was just in awe of the C-Type when I first stepped into it. When I look back on it now, it makes me smile. The steering was light – almost scary light. It was the first car I ever drove that had a really precise feel about it – it really felt like a racing car.”

The first owner of XKC-015 was one J. Hall (not to be confused with Jim Hall, the other racing driver), who took his new C-Type racing on just one occasion. Early in 1953, XKC-015 was sold to upcoming driver Masten Gregory. Sports car legend Carroll Shelby called him "the fastest American to ever go over and race a Grand Prix car." He scored a podium finish in his very first Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix start (a first by an American) and was also a winner of the world famous Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race. Formula 1 legend and two-time World Champion Jim Clark considered him to be his hero. Known as the “Kansas City Flash,” Gregory was born into an insurance company fortune and bought this car at the age of 23 – quite an exotic sports car for such a young man. In fact, Gregory had started racing just one year earlier, in an Allard no less!

A win would come for Masten in his third race, an event in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his brother-in-law Duncan finishing second in a Jaguar. The Jaguar that Duncan drove in this race was a cream-coloured Jaguar C-Type that Masten had bought at Sebring. Masten raced the car himself from then on with more wins and great finishes following.

Gregory won the Guardsman Trophy race at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, as well as a race at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska – the latter in front of 50,000 spectators (which supposedly was the highest attendance for an SCCA event at that time). After being black-flagged in a race at Chanute Air Force Base, Masten displayed his characteristic sense of humour by showing up at his next race with black-flags painted on his car, which were used as a background for his car number 58.

It was not a bad start for Gregory, or for XKC-015 for that matter. Gregory then loaned his C-Type to preeminent American car magazine Road & Track in August for their official road test of the new C-Type Jaguar. “For some reason Type Cs are hard to get and all attempts to line one up for our rather strenuous test routine failed, that is, until just before the Golden Gate Road Races when we received a phone call from Masten Gregory. Mr. Gregory, it seems, had heard of our dilemma and suggested that we test his car – provided, of course, that it survived the coming race event. To make a long story short, the car not only survived, it won the race and was duly returned to Los Angeles for us to test.” (A copy of the full article is available in the file.)

Following the Road & Track test and a great start to its career, XKC-015’s luck was to change when, during practice for the Floyd Bennett Races in New York, Gregory spun out, colliding with an oil drum, and the car caught fire. Gregory managed to leap out, as he was famous for doing even with cars still on the move, prior to sustaining any injury. The car was badly damaged, however, and he went back to the pits and purchased another C-Type, XKC-022, selling the damaged XKC-015 to Lindy Hansen and Jaguar racer Sherwood Johnson. The next year, with the chassis and mechanicals fully repaired, Johnson went on to achieve the best time of the day and break the course record at the Mount Washington hill-climb with the C-Type, famously running as a bare chassis minus its body panels.

Hansen used the C-Type on the road for many years prior to deciding to sell it to Merril Wells from Maine in 1958. Wells then sold XKC-015 to John Howe from Massachusetts in 1961, and the car was next seen advertised for sale in Road & Track in 1964.

The next owner was Mark Daniels from Milwaukee who purchased both XKC-015 for $2,500 and another C-Type, XKC-034, which was in a very sorry state and without an engine, for $900. Daniels went on to fully and correctly restore XKC-015 using all original components over a period of two years. He utilised chassis 034 for any un-repairable or missing parts. (Details of the restoration and components salvaged or swapped are included in the file accompanying the car.)

Following restoration, Daniels used his C-Type as a road car and on social rallies for almost 14 years until he sold it to Godfrey Miller of Vancouver. Miller then sold the car to Campbell McLaren, who was to bring XKC-015 back home to the UK.

The next owner was to become Tom Candlish, who acquired XKC-015 in 1984. Now issued with the registration TKV 500, XKC-015 went on to participate in numerous Ecurie Ecosse Scottish Rallies, the Jaguar Danish Spring Rally, Italia Classica and several Jaguar factory cavalcades to Le Mans, all with Mr. Candlish at the wheel.

XKC-015 has now acquired that lovely worn-in look, a natural patina that is totally unachievable on a freshly restored car. A look with a certain charm that not only perfectly suits this lovely old C-Type but has a great deal of appeal to the discerning collector today.

JD Classics bought the car from Mr. Candlish in 2008 for a client and, whilst retaining the car’s delightful patina, has fully gone through the car mechanically, including having all suspension components, brake components and steering components specialist crack-tested and plated. All of the suspension and steering geometry has been properly set up for use on the road. A new radiator core and J.D. Sport high power 16-inch radiator cooling fan with thermo couple control with manual override has been fitted, and the car has been issued with FIA papers and the all-important Historic Technical Passport, so it is ready for use in the numerous European events for which it is imminently eligible.

The gloriously authentic C-Type Jaguar presented here, chassis number XKC-015, has an exemplary history and comes with a comprehensive history file which includes details of its restoration as well as numerous invoices and past MOT certificates. It is a race-winning car in the hands of one of the all-time great racing drivers Masten Gregory, sports car ace and Formula 1 World driver for Cooper and Ferrari. A car that is presented today in lovely condition, on-the-button mechanically and ready to take to the European circuit of highly prestigious classic motoring and racing events, including the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, Le Mans Classic and the Mille Miglia. A rare and very special opportunity!

LOT: 153
Estimate: £1,900,000-£2,400,000
Chassis No. XKC-015

2010-10-29 06:21:20 | Pekka T. writes:

Not surprisingly, the car did not sell in London:

Automobiles of London
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 [View Video]
1952 Jaguar C-Type

LOT: 153
Estimate:
£1,900,000-£2,400,000
Chassis No. XKC-015
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Not Sold at a high bid of £1.750.000

2015-02-14 16:56:48 | Hans-Martin Schneebberger writes:

I bought the car in 2012 and then commissioned CKL Development to bring the car to race ready and concurs condition while at the same time retaining its beautiful patina. I then campaigned the car at the Mille Miglia 2014.

2015-04-29 10:06:52 | Mark D writes:

My father purchased 015 from John Howe and did the restoration, many good memories of time spent in the passenger seat, runs up to Road America, late night blast through the neighborhoods, miss that car, and my dad.

2015-11-09 10:48:37 | Hans-Martin Schneeberger writes:

Mark, I really appreciate the work your father did. Having the car inspected thoroughly and going through all the extensive documentation, it became clear that your father did not use a single refabricated part when restoring the car. He went through great length and even purchased another C-Type to make sure that this XKC 015 has nothing but true and original parts. Today there are very very few if any C-Types in existence where one can make such a statement.

2017-07-14 20:17:31 | John Howe writes:

Thanks to the power of the internet ...communication:
I'm still alive at 82 and have the Mt Wash footrace 80+ record of 2:13
xlc 015 set the record in the 50's without body due to restoration.

Many fond memories of xkc015 and a subsequent copycat c-type I later purchased and restored.

2017-09-11 15:26:27 | Ron Benson writes:

Hi I am building a C Type replica and want to paint it the same colour as TKV 500. Does anyone know the correct colour or even the paint code?

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