Lot 274 - 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
|Odometer reading||53,373 miles|
|Estimate||£45,000 - £52,000|
|Result||Sold - £49,280|
The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured between 1948 and 1954 and was their first post-war sportscar; it succeeded the SS100 which ceased production in 1940. The XK120 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' in its 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 drophead coupé was a more luxurious model featuring a beautiful wooden dashboard and wood features on the door interiors but the roadster was the more popular model with its sporting lines.
This Jaguar XK120 Roadster is an original lefthand drive American car supplied new by the Jaguar distributor in Hornburg, Los Angeles in 1953 and the vendor believes that the car remained in California when new. Recently imported to the UK from Illinois where it had been the subject to a cosmetic restoration, it is finished in the original birch grey with two tone red and tan leather as per the original build sheet. This XK120 Roadster is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in November 2015, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate and a copy of the US title. This represents an excellent example which is ready to be used and enjoyed straightaway.
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