Lot 237 - 1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
|Odometer reading||33,260 miles|
|Estimate||£43,000 - £48,000|
|Result||Sold - £42,000|
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.
This righthand drive XK120 Roadster was purchased by the vendor in 1975 as a project car from a dealer in the Midlands; after about a year of owning it, he decided to carry out a body-off restoration. A 3.8 litre, Jaguar Mk. II in reasonable condition was purchased as a donor car for the engine, gearbox with overdrive and the rear axle; all were fitted together with panard rods and radius arms on the rear axle to stop it moving in any direction. Next, he found a Jaguar Mk. IX in a local breakers yard which supplied the Dunlop disc braking system. After restoring the chassis he found a person who specialised in Jaguar bodywork and a deal was struck where he paid £100 and when that was used up, he paid another £100 - this worked well to start with but when he got a bill for £600 which he was not expecting , he took the car home and finished it himself. Not satisfied with the power output from the 3.8 litre engine, the vendor managed to find a Jaguar 4.2 litre unit which was reputed to have only done 20,000 miles since a major overhaul - and this is how we find the car today. This 'fast road' XK120 has been fully maintained and serviced since the rebuild and is 'on the button'; it starts easily, runs well and is ready to use. Finished in British Racing Green with red leather interior and black toneau cover, it comes supplied with a V5C registration document and some old MoT test certificates. This is a very reliable, well-built special and is ready to be appreciated as such.
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