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Record Creation: Entered on 24 October 2008.

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Originality: Noted for being in "original condition"


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2009-01-13 19:09:52 | Anonymous writes:

Pierre Ugnon
Death date: 26.Apr.1953
Circuit: Mille Miglia
Race: XX Mille Miglia
Vehicle brand/model: Jaguar C-type #XKC016
The Jaguar driven by Frenchmen Luc Descollanges and Pierre Ugnon crashed badly in Fossanova San Marco near Ferrara, Emilia Romagna region, Italy. The circumstances of the accident are unclear, because it happened during the night in a place where there were no spectators. Ugnon, who was driving, lost control after a level crossing of the Ferrara-Rimini railway. The car hit a curb and rolled throwing out its occupants. Ugnon and Descollanges were taken to the Arcispedale S. Anna hospital in Ferrara, where Ugnon died on Sunday early morning, 26 April 1953. Descollanges suffered severe injuries and remained unconscious for three days, but it is supposed he recovered.

Pierre Gilbert Ugnon was an important trader from Lyon, where he was also the chief of the local Automobile Club.

2009-07-20 07:17:38 | pauls writes:

Car comes to ebay 7/20/09 ...
Opening bid $2,625,000, no bids yet 2 days left in auction.

Sellers description:
Chassis XKC 016 was originally delivered on the 18 December 1952 to Henri Peignaux of Lyon. It was ordered in a special blue with red interior. Early competition history included the 1953 Soleil Cannes Rally and the 1953 Mille Miglia. XKC 016 wears a delightful patina of an older quality restoration circa 70s/80s and has an uncontested chassis number and the essential ingredient of continuous history.

2009-08-17 07:58:28 | pauls writes:

Car now offered by:

Sellers description:
Jaguar C-Type
Classic Automobiles Worldwide Ltd

colour Special Blue
interior colour Red Leather
drive RHD
type Cabrio / Roadster
seats 2
year 1952
Chassis No. XKC 016
price P.O.R.
country United Kingdom
Chassis XKC 016 was originally delivered on the 18 December 1952 to Henri Peignaux of Lyon. It was ordered in a special blue with red interior. Early competition history included the 1953 Soleil Cannes Rally and the 1953 Mille Miglia. XKC 016 wears a delightful patina of an older quality restoration circa 70s/80s and has an uncontested chassis number and the essential ingredient of continuous history.

2009-08-30 08:15:07 | pauls writes:

Car returns to ebay 8/30/09
Opening bid $2,625,000, no reserve, no bids yet 5 days left in auction. Car still in London, UK.

Same description as above.

2010-02-06 05:08:24 | Pekka T. writes:

Still offered for sale by:

Some new photos at:

2010-08-18 17:15:27 | jason minshaw writes:

who did the rebuid

2010-10-01 20:35:24 | pauls writes:

Car was at auction 9/10

Auction description:
Sale 18216 - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia, 17 Sep 2010
Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
Lot No: 360
The Ex-Henri Peignaux, Luc Decollanges/Pierre Ugnon
Registration no. 367 GMO
Chassis no. XKC 016
Engine no. TBA

Estimate: £800,000 - 1,000,000, € 970,000 - 1,200,000

Here we offer an outstandingly useable and potentially extremely competitive example of the much-admired, immensely desirable C-Type Jaguar, the make and model which won the Le Mans 24-Hours race twice, in 1951 and 1953. This particular example as offered here has been extensively rebuilt but unlike so many Historic sports-racing cars within this category it has impressive continuous history, has been around for some twenty years as currently assembled, and no 'entity' with competing claim to '016's specific history and identity has ever emerged. Most significantly, '016's history is relatively straightforward. It was despatched new from the Jaguar factory on 18 December, 1952, bound for Charles Delecroix of Paris, the marque's French distributor painted in special Blue with red trim.

Jaguar C-Type '016' was then supplied to Henri Peignaux of Lyons, himself a prominent motor trader with strong Jaguar connections, and within the document file accompanying this car is evidence that it was then supplied to a M. Exel Glans, of 25 Boulevard E. Deruelle, Lyon, Rhone. The car was certainly then entered to be driven by local sportsman Luc Descollanges. He competed with the car in the 1953 Rallye Soleil-Cannes 29 March to 2 April, entry no. 558 but unfortunately crashed, reputedly due to a trailing arm breaking. The car was repaired in time for him to set fastest lap in a circuit race at Montlhéry Autodrome, just south of Paris on 12 April. Descollanges then co-drove the car in the important 1953 Mille Miglia round-Italy race, partnered with Pierre Gilbert Ugnon who was a prominent Lyonnais businessman and head of the local Lyons Automobile Club.

The great race was run on April 26, 1953, but the French pair in their pale-blue Jaguar sadly crashed heavily in the early stages of the 1,000-mile charge. Pierre Ugnon was driving in the pre-dawn darkness near Fossanova San Marco outside Ferrara, in Emilia-Romagna, when he lost control after striking a poorly-marked railway level crossing on the Ferrara-Rimini line. After tripping over a roadside kerb the car rolled into a neighbouring field. Both its occupants were thrown out during the incident, Ugnon losing his life while Descollanges was badly injured, but fortunately survived.

The car sustained sufficient damage in this incident to require extensive – yet contemporarily not too expensive – repair. A photograph survives showing the car's front end to have been crushed and twisted, though the radiator looks unscathed, while the right-side of the aluminium centre-section bodywork was particularly heavily damaged, the left-side of the tail crushed, the windscreen destroyed and the SU carburettors broken away from the engine. In view of the deceased Pierre Ugnon's prominence and the injuries to Descollanges, M. Glans, Henri Peignaux and the other principals connected with the car were not prepared to restore it to running order, and to campaign it again.

Instead, it appears that the wreckage of '016' was simply stripped of easily useable or saleable components, including the original engine (which was numbered 'E1016') and gearbox, after which its bare chassis was then left in the back yard either of Peignaux's premises, or those of another garagiste named Pierre Chemin, who subsequently assumed ownership. The rusting and still-damaged chassis languished there in the open for a considerable period before its remains were acquired from M. Chemin by the leading French Jaguar collector, forensic dentist Dr Philippe Renault of Paris not later – it appears from the contemporary documentation - than 1972, we believe in conjunction with a Jaguar XK-SS acquired simultaneously.

The damaged remains were preserved within Dr Renault's collection until 1985 when lengthy restoration and rebuilding to running order commenced under the direction of Dr Renault's associate, the leading British Historic racer and long-time Jaguar specialist John Harper. According to the FIA Fiche d'Identité accompanying this Lot, Jaguar '016's restoration occupied the period 1985-1991. We are advised that some elements of the damaged chassis frame were found to be in sufficiently good order to be incorporated into the rebuilt frame, together with new material. Close inspection of the car as offered today confirms that new sections of frame have been welded into the forepart of the chassis, and properly scarf-jointed into place to ensure adequate structural integrity. This is entirely consistent with the heavily damaged front frame having been amputated and replaced. Some tube sections still show evidence of deep pock marking due to old, now 'killed', corrosion, indicating potential originality. The replaced chasiss front end quite properly carries no chassis stamping as would have appeared upon the original. Upon investigation some bronze-welded joints were found whereas the originals would have been stick-welded, confirming partial modern-era replacement.

Further inspection of the car as offered here will reveal what appears to be the original chassis identification plate attached to the replacement British-made aluminium bodywork's front bulkhead. Plate stamping – reads as follows: Chassis XKC 016 – Engine E1016 (no compression ratio indicated) – Body K1016 (as anticipated from the chassis number) – Gearbox JH 9803 (chronologically matching the date of this car's production).

The steering rack body bears a 1952 date stamp, while the front suspension dampers are modern Konis which closely match the appearance of the original Newton dampers. The track rod ends are believed to be the original type Alford & Alder components, which are now extremely rare. The rear axle appears original – the restorers recalling it as having been included amongst the original parts acquired – the upper link is original, the lower railing arms probably not. The wheels were one of the most expensive items in the entire restoration process, having been specially made to the original alloy-rimmed specification and spoke pattern. In the cockpit the dashboard instruments appear to be original, as does the distinctive three-spoked C-Type steering wheel. The transmission tunnel is covered in the correct ribbed Hardura material. The engine is a replacement built to raceworthy specification with triple Weber twin-choke carburettors but now – we understand – returned to twin SU H8 sand-cast carburettor specification, again as original. The gearbox, although correct in general specification, is of the later JL series, rather than the original JH. The car has been inspected very closely by leading Jaguar specialist Chris Keith-Lucas of CKL Engineering with the above findings.

So Jaguar 'XKC 016' as offered here presents an uncontested chassis identity and associated lifelong continuous history. It has what we are advised is an extensively repaired rather than entirely replaced multi-tubular chassis frame carrying numerous original period or as-original components. It is powered by a 1990s-finalised XK-series 3.4-litre engine on contemporary twin-SU carburettors, and its drive train comprises a correct-type though later-series gearbox driving to what is believed to be the original rear live axle.

Most significantly, Dr Renault used the completed car quite widely in Historic events, commencing with a class victory at Montlhéry in June 1992. The car was displayed at Retromobile Paris in 1993 and accumulated a half-dozen awards in assorted through to 2001 when it was so honoured in the St Raphael Concours. In circuit racing '016' has won its class at Montlhéry (again) in 1994 and 2000, it was 2nd in class – despite being disqualified! – in the 2000 Targa Florio Retro, was displayed yet again at Retromobile 2002 and was raced very competitively in September that year at the Le Mans Classics meeting, being co-driven by Dr Renault and John Harper who recalls it as having run "really well...perfectly competitive".

This is plainly not a top-drawer, absolutely original, museum-standard Jaguar C-Type, but we commend it to you as being, within its class, a potentially highly-competitive Historic sports-racing car of uncontested lineage and with now well-understood, well-established and substantiated continuous history.

2010-10-26 19:16:55 | Anonymous writes:

the first car was XKC016 being offered by Bonhams in sept the car being offered by RM in Oct is (b)XKC015(b) which would explain the difference in estimate!

2011-03-04 17:57:13 | Anonymous writes:

I viewed this car a couple of years ago, could"nt find a great deal of originality,history folder was a few copies of paper and on close inspection of the engine a foundry marking of "1961" was found !!!!! Was advised by expert to stear clear,when i asked for value was told max £300k !!!!

2011-03-10 07:24:17 | Pekka T. writes:

ok, thanks for the information and clearing out the buyer beware! :)

2011-09-02 13:16:59 | Anonymous writes:


2011-12-05 00:32:08 | pauls writes:

Car now offered at:
Same description as 9/10 Bonham's auction.

2011-12-27 06:27:55 | h.m.schneeberger writes:

Terry, is there some evidence that what Renault bought was the wreckage of xkc016 and that one could still call it a wreckaged car rather then a bag of parts from some unknown car or cars.

2012-01-01 11:11:49 | Anonymous writes:

I think people are missing the point, someone touched on the subject of originality and ownership.... Here"s the bottom line... as the above car i assume does not have the original engine, gearbox and chassis if they were to "materialise" and could prove to be the "originals"as left the factory then the title would have to go with the true car,as yet no one has claimed overwise but whats to say in a few years from now no one does????? If i was to puchase the above car then i would insist upon an insurance taken out to cover for, tecnically rendering it just a toolroom copy with a value of £125.000.00 approx.. stephen shaw

2012-01-03 16:14:32 | David Barnett writes:

I guess (Stephen Shaw) the same could be said for most old competition cars out there. It's a fact of life that very few historic competition cars (especially competitive ones) escaped being damaged and are going to have engines, gearboxes, whole or parts of damaged chassis replaced, spliced in and parts from other cars fitted etc etc.
In this particular cars case, there sounds as if there is some sour grapes going on by the tone of some of the comments, is that because of a dislike of past owners or present ?, who knows.
For my part, I'm glad the car exists at all, and think it looks fabulous, and if you do buy it for £125k Mr Shaw I'd be glad to give you a small profit on it ........ go on buy it Hans-Martin ...... it'll give you a million pound smile :)
and make the rest of us that can't afford it an even bigger smile when we see it being used the way it was meant to be .... and maybe even being damaged again !! ...... That's what happened .. 'in period' as well.
Exciting days.

2012-01-07 21:05:53 | pauls writes:

Can't disagree with that David.

2012-04-27 18:57:35 | pauls writes:

Article in Autoweek 4/27/12, photo shows the car in light blue wearing reg# 367 GMO:

By: Jake Lingeman on 4/27/2012
We're used to seeing a little fire and brimstone at the various NASCAR races across the country. That traveling circus is most at home when it swings through the heart of the Bible Belt. But when the English drivers of historic race cars start Tebowing at the finish line, it must be a sign.

Simon Butler, also known as the Racing Reverend, will soon pilot a 1952 Jaguar C-type in competition for the Royal Automobile Club's Woodcote Trophy. The Reverend is the associate rector of Ashtead Parish in Surrey, England. He'll partner with co-driver Jonathon Crouch for the full Woodcote Trophy series. The car is owned by Tony Allen, one of Butler's parishioners.

"I think I'm the only Anglican clergyman who has ever driven a modern Formula One car," Butler said. "But this will be my first experience in historics."

"Racing embodies, for me, the idea of living life to the fullest," Butler said. "When I'm behind the wheel, I feel I'm pushing boundaries and taking myself and the car to the edge. There's a real buzz [in] taking a machine to its limit: You are on the razor's edge of being in and out of control. It's a matter of grabbing hold of what is offered in every one of life's opportunities and embracing the risk that comes with it."

Risk is part of the C-type's pedigree. Its chassis is numbered XKC 016. It was supplied new in 1952 to a French Jaguar importer. It competed in European events in 1953, until it crashed on the Mille Miglia, killing driver Pierre Gilbert Ugnon and leaving his teammate, Luc Descollanges, badly injured. In the 1970s, the car was restored, piece by piece, by a French Jaguar collector. Now it has been brought back to its original racing specification.

The Woodcote Series starts at the Donington Historic Festival on May 5-6.

Good luck, Reverend, in nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.

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2012-11-06 03:31:00 | Pekka T. writes:

Hi all, lets try to keep this open and stick to the facts. The main reason why I have trouble believing Mr. Renault had XKC016 restored and displayed in 1992 and 1993 is that I trust the expertise and photos taken by a couple of my friends why have been following racing Jaguars for more than five decades. the photos I have uploaded here of car wearing French reg. number "6145VL42" are of a special bodied car that according to the sources I have had the identity, engine, gearbox and cylinder head of XKC016 and possibly quite a lot more. Most importantly the identity, unless someone decided at some point that the paperwork for XKC016 was more valuable to be used for a C-type recreation than the original rebuilt car with a special body on repaired tubular chassis. Unfortunately I do not know where "6145VL42" currently is, perhaps still with Mr. Urban? What exactly was "restored" in the 1970's remains a mystery, some photos would be nice.

2012-11-06 07:44:31 | terry mcgrath writes:

with regard to french number plates I would suggest that maybe some of the names you mentioned were inclined to stick a plate on any car they had and wanted to drive and you cannot rely on car identification by the number plate particularly a number of french cars.

2012-11-06 12:42:28 | Pekka T. writes:

Hi Terry, no I'm not referring to the plates, I only use them as a reference to the photos I have uploaded. besides it depends on the country, in Switzerland I have learned they have such plates (XKC023 and 885005 ans some other cars of the same owner have had the same plates) but for instance in Finland you would go to jail for it, the reg. number is fixed to ONE car or MC at a time and always but the vin#. If you want the number transfered to another car, it is possible but only one car at a time and will cost ca. €900 EUR ($1100 AUD) every time you do it. The photos from the Nordkap Rally were taken in 1992 and a fellow enthusiast knows the car very well, at the time the identity definitely was "XKC016" and the history going back to the crash was beyond any doubt. I think there are also period photos of the car with that body. Cheers!

2012-12-11 19:35:15 | Anonymous writes:

I viewed the car 3 years ago , very disapointed travelled many miles to basically look at a toolroom copy with 6 or 7 pages for a history folder. As these cars have been worth a small fortune for the last 30 years any previous owner would have ensured all paper work regarding the car was kept. No real proof in writing or verbal convinced me..... agree with above remark ...It"s a fake !!!!

2013-06-27 18:29:01 | collector writes:

Sad all this thrashing of a car that might be totally coshed or maybe slightly not...
I mean how many rebuilt competition Ferraris are not barely bones of the original car? that are now being sold as matching numbers for tenths of millions?
How many crashed D types has only a third of the original steel in them?

2014-08-14 06:42:23 | Robert Bentley writes:

This car has correct papers. Over the past 3 years some 250k has been spent on it with CKL engineering, in preparing it for racing, which it has done very well driven by the Racing Reverend. Yes it was in a bad smash, in which the co-pilot was killed, but it is not uncommon for racing cars to crash? In fact show me a racing car that has the original engine and gearbox, and I will show a racing car that has not raced! There has been an awful lot of jealousy driven comments made about XKC016 and even someone saying that there are two of them? It is now 2014, and it still the other one is nowhere to be seen, amazing?

2014-08-14 19:09:43 | db writes:

I am truly glad this car exists in any shape or form. I don't care if it's a "tool room copy" or not. It is a joy to see out there racing. Much better these things are rebuilt rather than disappear off the planet, which it seems some people would prefer ........ really ??
Jealousy is a terrible thing.

2015-02-19 20:55:35 | Anonymous writes:

It may be like the cuttisark or triggersbroom but atleast on paper it has the correct numbers.

2015-02-21 18:14:42 | Another Anonymous writes:

I think I know who this last Anonymous is, are you marking the other 20-25 odd cars without original body nor engine? or is there a special interest?

2017-07-17 12:50:59 | Racing Reverend writes:

Really good to see XKC-016 out in the Mille MIglia. I raced XKC-016 for 3 seasons in the Woodcote Trophy. During that time it underwent a lot of development and work, culminating in the car being a well balanced and competitive race winning C-Type which won its class in the 2014 Woodcote Trophy.

2021-02-28 13:44:40 | Tony Bratt writes:

Wonder why the owner changed the colour? I am building a Realm replica in light blue with a red interior as I have a passion for light blue cars. Real cars or even tool room copies are unobtainable for most of us, but that perfect shape can be enjoyed in a replica.

All went quiet about the engine from this car that turned up in the special bodied XK140 that was auctioned a couple of years ago by Jaguar Classic. Rumour was that engine would make its way back to this car?

2021-03-02 13:22:55 | Joel Berg writes:

Hi Tony,

My car was originally born Birch Grey and delivered so by Jaguar according to JDHT, that's why it is now in it's original Birch Grey.



2021-08-24 14:49:25 | Tony Bratt writes:

Hi Joel,

i had always assumed your car started as light blue! Thank you for.taking the time to clarify. As I get close to finishing my replica, I drifted back to this page and was pleasantly surprised to see your reply.

As I have an Iris Blue MGA and a Jaguar Light Blue E-Type 2+2 I am going to finish my replica in light blue / red. They will make quite a set. I hope to be fully legal and on the road by the end of Autumn.

Kind Regards


PS - would like to send you some photos when it is done.

2021-08-31 15:41:58 | joel writes:

Hi Tony

I am sure your replica will be beautiful, myself has a certain attachment to light blue cars as is my Bugattis and others, please send me pictures when your car is finished, always lovely to see a nicely done car

All the best


2022-09-07 02:01:46 | Tony Bratt writes:

Hello Joel,

Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you but I would like to send you photos of my replica which is in honour of your car in its light blue colour scheme. I don't want to try and upload them onto this site - how can I get them to you? Perhaps you could send me a mail to ?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Tony Bratt

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