Lot 293 - 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster
|Odometer reading||54,712 miles|
|Estimate||£45,000 - £50,000|
The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured between 1948 and 1954 and was Jaguar's first sports car since the SS100 which ceased production in 1940. The XK120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. It caused a sensation, thus persuading Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put the car into production. The '120' in its 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 open versions; first as the roadster, then also as a drophead coupé from 1953 and also as a closed, or 'fixed-head' coupé from 1951. With an alloy cylinder head and twin side-draft SU carburettors, the double overhead-cam 3.4 litre straight six XK engine was comparatively advanced for a mass-produced unit of the time. With a standard compression ratio of 8:1 it developed 160bhp. This same basic design of the XK engine, later modified into 3.8 litre and 4.2 litre versions, survived into the late 1980s. All XK120s had independent torsion bar front suspension, semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear, re-circulating ball steering, telescopically adjustable steering column and all-round 12 inch drum brakes.
Offered for sale today is a lefthand drive Jaguar XK120SE, dispatched from Jaguar Cars on 13th April 1954 to Hoffman in New York. Unfortunately little is known about the car during its time in the States. In August 2011 the car was first registered in the UK with the import documentation available. Presented in a uniquely original condition with a smooth and quiet engine, the vendor has had a look under the car and reports that everything appears to be sound with no obvious corrosion. Supplied with a V5 Registration document and with a current MoT test certificate valid until 28th August 2012, together with a Jaguar Heritage certificate, this XK120 is finished in Old English white with red leather trim. What better way to spend those long winter evenings than in the company of a 58 year old Jaguar and one that provides a perfect base for the discerning collector.
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