'A car that has lived many lives.' Shipped to the West Coast in October of 1951 and delivered through Hornburg Jaguar in Los Angeles to the first owner, Sterling Edwards of San Francisco. Edwards raced XKC 017 all around the California racing scene at Torrey Pines, Palm Springs and the original road course at Pebble Beach. Sold to Lou Brero, XKC 017 was raced almost continuously winning the first 6-hour endurance race at the Torrey Pines road course. In 1955, the car was sold to Ray Seher of Nevada who won races at Stockton, Kotati Air Field, Salinas and Santa Rosa. Seher's biggest day came in Sacramento when he took five victories in one day of racing. He continued to race the car throughout 1956 when he sold the car to famed automotive journalist Leon Mandel, who not only raced the car, but used it as a daily driver. Mandel's son, Dutch, now Associate Publisher and Editorial Director of AutoWeek remembers his mother taking him for rides in the mountains as it was the only way the young Mandel would sleep.
The car passed into the hands of Chuck Davies, who restored it to concours condition. The car won concours competitions in Santa Rosa and Palo Alto in 1962 and 1963 before winning at Pebble Beach in 1964. Sold again in 1969 and returned to the track by its new owner, running at Laguna Seca in 1970. At that point, the 19-year old race car was placed in storage and did not move until purchased by its current owner in 1987. Restored and rebuilt by the new owner, XKC 017 has been raced almost continuously in various vintage events.Also photographed at :