Lot 273 - 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||41,995 miles|
|Estimate||£78,000 - £90,000|
The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954 and was Jaguar's first post-war sports car which succeeded the SS 100 that 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 six cylinder engine. It caused a sensation, which persuaded William Lyons to put it into production and the '120' in its name referred to its 120 mph top speed, this 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 fixed-head coupé from 1951. The DHC was a more deluxe model, featuring a beautiful wood dashboard and wood features on the door interiors. The XK120 was aimed primarily at the US market and the fixed head coupé was constructed in relatively small numbers with approximately 2680 units produced (combined left and right hand drive) compared with approximately 7614 Roadsters. In late 1954 the XK120 was succeeded by the XK140 which benefitted from enhanced engineering to cement the new model not only as a road going tourer, but as a serious motorsport contender.
This XK120 Fixedhead Coupé was delivered new to the USA in 1952 and then returned to the UK in the late 1990's were it was restored and up-rated by Roy Hatfield of Sheffield to drive in the Monte Carlo classic rally. The upgrades included converting the car to righthand drive, fitting a 4.2 litre engine with triple carburettors, lightened flywheel and competition clutch. Other modifications included an all synchromesh gearbox with overdrive, rack and pinion steering, servo assisted brakes, front brakes replaced with discs and calipers, aluminium radiator, up-rated alternator, louvered bonnet with bonnet strap and stainless steel exhaust system. Finished in champagne with recently fitted red leather bucket seats, this excellent XK120 Coupé is supplied with a V5C registration document, a large file of invoices, XK Magazines with articles relating to Roy Hatfield and the XK120 rebuild and photographs of the rebuild. This is a well built, reliable rally car which would still be happy to be taken to the South of France or the local historic meeting.