Lot 49 - 1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
|Odometer reading||6,600 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £70,000|
The Jaguar XK120 is a sports car which was manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954. Jaguar's first post-war sports car, it succeeded the SS 100, which ceased production in 1940.
The XK120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a testbed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. It caused a sensation, which persuaded William Lyons to put it into production. The ""120"" in its name referred to its 120 mph top speed which made the XK120 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 ""fixed-head"" coupé from 1951. The iconic shape of the Jaguar XK120 roadster sustains the cars constant appreciation by classic car enthusiasts. Sadly for many, Jaguar XK's remain the car of dreams. Those of a certain age may fondly remember coveting theses cars when they spotted a glimpse of them in private garages or on neighbours' driveways. Our advice? Buy one now.
Jaguar XK120's, and particularly AEN 482 are excellent, usable examples of much coveted 1950's motor cars. For the most part they are extremely robust, wonderfully reliable, infinitely eye-catching, and can turn their hand to almost anything. If you seek a Sunday-driver to go to Goodwood then AEN 482 is great; conversely, if you are looking for a capable touring or classic rallying car then this XK is well rounded for these tasks too….
Chassis #660405 offered in original Red bodywork with complimenting duo tone Tan and Beige Hide interior is a UK supplied car with matching numbers and its original UK registration number. The recipient of a total chassis off restoration in the early 1990's, the history file contains photographic records of the restoration held together with numerous invoices. As you can see from the pictures, this stylish 4 speed manual transmission car boasts black steel wheels and full spats which gives AEN 482 a lean and sporting appearance, furthermore, with uprated front discs and servo fitted they serve their purpose well too.
This car is a magnificently presented example priced sensibly in today's buoyant market. If market indicators are to be believed, this car offers great investment potential also as the XK retail market continues to capture the appreciation of the next motoring generation. It looks like we'll be seeing XK's dominate the pre-73 car park at Goodwood for many years to come… The question is, will you be there in AEN 482?
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