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253 - 1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

 
 
 
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Registration 153 UXL
Chassis Number 670670
Engine Number W1452-8
Odometer reading 1,000 miles
Estimate £60,000 - £75,000
Hammer Sold - £68,200

The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured between 1948 and 1954 and was Jaguar's first post-war sports car succeeding the SS100 which ceased production in 1940. It was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a test bed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine and caused a sensation, persuading William Lyons to put it into production.  The '120' name referred to its 120mph top speed which made it the world's fastest standard production car at the time of its launch. It was available in two convertible versions; first as the roadster then also as a drophead coupé from 1953 and as a closed, or 'fixedhead' coupé from 1951. The iconic shape of the Jaguar XK120 roadster sustains the car's constant appreciation by classic car enthusiasts. They are eminently usable motorcars and understandably much coveted. Extremely robust, wonderfully reliable, and infinitely eye-catching; they are, understandably, one of the most collectable motorcars available today.

Chassis #670670 is offered with red coachwork and complementing red leather interior and is a US lefthand drive supplied car with matching numbers. Imported into the UK as a restoration project in 1987 by the vendor, it then underwent a complete restoration to extremely high standards. It is worth noting that the vendor is more than simply an enthusiast, although he is certainly that. He is an extremely experienced and knowledgeable restorer with many years and XK's under his belt as well as a not inconsiderable formula motorsport career.

This poised example represents a 16 year restoration and it has been extremely well considered. The overall feel of the car is largely original right down to the correct and factory specified bonnet louvres but there has been incorporated a number of subtle modifications to enhance the performance and intrinsic value. Fast road improvements include Coopercraft brakes, front and rear; bucket seats and a five speed Getrag gearbox. More technical additions include an increased capacity aluminium radiator, competition sand-cast C-Type carburetors and a correct C-Type exhaust system. It represents one of the very early steel bodied 120's with a Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Trust certificate attesting to its genealogy. There are also a number of more recent invoices from specialists including one from Les Trafford (Les Trafford Competition Engines) for an engine rebuild costing in excess of £5,000. MoT test certificates attest to just 1,000 miles covered in the last six years and the overall condition certainly reflects that of an extremely well cared-for car. This most elegant of sporting Jaguars is as good an investment as any guilt edged security..