The car has been in the family of post war racing photographer Guy Griffiths for 53 years since he purchased it in 1963 for just £635. It was the first of a slew of Jaguars that came to feature in the famous Chipping Campden Car Collection. Prior to his acquisition and post Le Mans, ’XKC 011’ was a drivetrain and suspension development mule. In 1954 Dunlop purchased it for tyre testing purposes before passing through the hands of Mike Salmon, Gordon Lee and Robin Sturgess who all raced the car with great success.
The car is known now to have suffered somewhat of an identity crisis, with body work displaying ‘XKC 047’ nomenclature not matching the chassis ‘XKC 011’. 047 and 011 have crossed paths in their early lives, with Jaguar re-stamping this, what is in fact 047, 011, in 1954.