Lot 323 - 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
|Odometer reading||49,359 miles|
|Estimate||£49,000 - £56,000|
|Result||Sold - £57,120|
The Jaguar XK120 is a sports car which was manufactured between 1948 and 1954. Jaguar's first post-war sports car, it succeeded 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. It caused a sensation, which persuaded William Lyons to put it into production. The '120' name referred to its 120mph 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 'fixedhead' coupé from 1951. The iconic shape of the Jaguar XK120 roadster sustains the car's 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 lusting after theses cars when they spotted a glimpse of them in private garages or , more often, on the national and international racing circuits of the day where, campaigned by both the factory and privateers, they enjoyed huge success. 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 #660610 is offered in green bodywork with complementing green leather interior and is a UK supplied car with matching numbers and its original UK registration identity. As you can see from the pictures, this stylish four- speed manual transmission car boasts matching steel wheels and full spats which implies a lean and sporting appearance. This extremely original and early example is a magnificently presented XK and priced sensibly in today's buoyant Jaguar market. Originally manufactured on the 15th January, 1951, it represents one of the very early steel bodied 120's with a Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Trust certificate attesting to it genealogy. Supplied new through Henley's of London and reportedly restored in the late 1980's, there are also a number of more recent invoices from specialists. These include a new aluminium petrol tank in 2009, five new Avon Turbospeed tyres in 2008, the fitment of a lead-free cylinder head, a new stainless steel exhaust system and a new battery amongst many others that can be seen in the history file. MoT test certificates attest to just 9,000 miles covered in the last 12 years and the overall condition certainly reflects that of a cared-for car. With just three previous owners, excluding the vendor, the last of whom, Charles Howard, was well known within historic motoring circles and whose cars were always well looked after. So much was this example cherished, that he kept it for far longer than many of his more important specimens. Complete with a period Smiths heater and full weather equipment, as well as an MoT test certificate valid until December, this most elegant of sporting Jaguars is as good an investment as any guilt edged security..
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