Lot 266 - 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster
|Odometer reading||61,000 miles|
|Estimate||£52,000 - £57,000|
|Result||Sold - £45,500|
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 'fixedhead' 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. This same basic design of the XK engine, later modified into 3.8 litre and 4.2 litre versions, survived into the late 1980s.
This extremely desirable and original SE, presented in red with burgundy leather trim comes complete with increased power, stiffer suspension and dual exhaust system. Mechanically this motor car is very sound with no signs of corrosion to the body or chassis and with a great looking interior including new carpets with the only signs of wear to the paintwork; however. Also offered with the car is a tonneau cover, the full hood mechanism is in very good order but the original hood would require replacing should the new owner require one , as well as side screens.
Originally a southern state car from the U.S, it is believed that this was a one owner car owned by Mr Rogers of Walnut Creek, California right up to its repatriation in 2014, this has been ascertained from original letters to the owner, log books and US titles within the history file. It has been registered and allocated a V5 registration form along with a Jaguar Heritage certificate. The present owner has ensured that the car is in good running condition with works completed including brakes, new fuel tank, new water pump, hoses, new fuel pump and lines rendering this an attractive and useable classic XK with just 61,000 miles covered and offered at a very enticing estimate.
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