Lot 43 - 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Lot 43 - 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Lot 43 - 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Lot Number 43
Registration OSU 193
Chassis Number 673251
Engine Number 673251
Odometer reading 39,000 miles
Estimate £50,000 - £60,000

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 DHC was a more deluxe model, featuring a beautiful wood dashboard and wood features on the door interiors.  In late 1954, the XK120 was succeeded by the XK140 which benefitted from enhanced engineering to benefit the new model not only as a road going tourer, but as a serious motorsport contender.

OSU 193 is an American car from new, though it's been in the UK for the past20 years, and in its current ownership since 1996.  Since this time the vendor has travelled just 300 miles.  When not being used, the car has been kept in a cocoon in one of his garages.  Despite the low miles that have been driven, the owner has not scrimped on this car.  The engine was the subject of a complete refurbishment at Guy Broad in Coventry just two years ago.  The cost according to its owner, the princely sum of £6,000.

Offered in original and attractive Fern Green bodywork with matching Green interior, the car sits on the rarer steel wheels with rear spats and looks the part with her American whitewall tyres.  The car is not an over restored trailer queen; indeed it has a wonderful, original patina that we think adds rather than detracts to the cars appeal.  The car does have certain signs of age, but is very solid underneath and is not dealing with any rust issues.  This is likely in part due to the cars history of being a Californian import from new.  We suspect that the great majority of the cars paintwork is original and as such it is starting to show its age in places.  The chrome in certain places is getting ready for some attention which is expected of a car which is beginning to show signs of 50 plus years of life.  All these factors are relatively minor and are something that can be done if and when one desired.

Importantly, the car is mechanically very solid.  It has just passed her latest MoT test certificate and as only 30 miles have been covered since the previous one, the owner suggests perhaps it's time for the car to pass on for the next owner to enjoy.  Most recently the car has had a new exhaust fitted by Guy Broad, who, as previously mentioned is also responsible for the engine refurbishment.  The chassis and underside are very solid and Guy Broad commented on the cars overall sound condition.

This is a nicely patinated example of a very well respected 1950's motor car ready for use as an historic rally car, or driving the lanes on sunny Sundays.  If one were so inclined, OSU 193 is also an ideal candidate for a rolling restoration to become a concours contender.  Supplied with UK V5C registration certificate, this excellent XK120 Roadster can be driven away from the auction by the successful bidder.

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