Lot 283 - 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster

Lot 283 - 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster

Lot 283 - 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster

Lot Number 283
Registration 211 UYH
Chassis Number S674330
Engine Number F1133-85
Odometer reading 62,000 miles
Estimate £80,000 - £90,000

The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured between 1948 and 1954; 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 mass-produced units of its time. This same basic design of the XK engine, later modified into 3.8-Litre and 4.2-Litre versions, survived late into the 1980s.

This extremely desirable SE spec XK120, presented in its original colour combination of British racing green with burgundy leather trim comes complete with increased power, stiffer suspension and dual exhaust system. Having recently undergone a full body-off restoration to a high standard, this example presents beautifully and the colour combination, paired with the SE spec makes for an extremely desirable roadster. Although the engine was running perfectly well, the decision was made to replace the head gasket- and all other gaskets- before a full engine service and complete engine detail. The vehicle was pampered with new brakes, new fuel tank, fuel and water pumps, hoses and lines, not forgetting the new chrome alloys and carpets, all carried out when originally imported in 2014.

The current vendor also went to the great pain of tracking down the previous owner in the United States in order to justify some of the provenance and mileage. To his delight- and after a lot of hard work- he tracked down Mr. Joe Rogers of Walnut Creek, California who is now 80 years old and not deceased as first thought. Mr. Rogers informed the vendor of his and the car's illustrious history, where amazingly at one point in his life, he claimed to be homeless, stating that despite this, the car always had a garage (presumably with him sleeping in or beside it). He married three times whilst with the car and called it his 'one true love' which he had purchased in 1959 with- we are told- a genuine 17,000 miles having been painted red, following the ownership of a racing driver. The car has always been looked after fastidiously and all parts remained as original. Having been repatriated in 2014, this XK120 is offered with original letters to the then-owner Mr. Rogers, log books and US titles within the history file, a Jaguar Heritage certificate and recent receipts from the extensive restoration.

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