Lot 291 - 1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé
|Estimate||£30,000 - £38,000|
|Result||Sold - £53,350|
When Jaguar resumed car production in 1945, it dropped its pre-war sportscar line to concentrate on saloon manufacture. But at the 1948 Motor Show, the firm astonished the public by announcing a new two-seater roadster; the XK120, with the name reflecting its top speed. It heralded the arrival of Jaguar's famous 3.4-litre twin overhead camshaft XK engine, intended for the Mk. VII saloon, then two years away. The car was in instant demand which caught Jaguar a little by surprise. The open two-seater model was joined by a fixedhead coupé version in 1951 and a drophead coupé followed in 1953. The 120 lasted until 1954 before making way for its XK140 successor. It was to prove the most popular of the series with 12,061 examples built; of these, only 295 were righthand drive drophead coupés like the car offered here.
This genuine UK registered Jaguar XK120 was originally supplied by Henley's in Manchester on 17th August 1954 and has been owned by the current vendor for the last 27 years. After regular use under his stewardship, he took the car off the road in 2001 and has had her dry stored ever since. The original colour was suede green and at some stage she was painted red; in 1987 a colour change was recorded with the DVLA to Cotswold blue and this is how she still presents today. Clearly some restoration work has been carried out although, unfortunately, it is not known when or by whom. Our inspection confirmed this XK120 to be an ideal vehicle for further investment as it is a matching numbers example and still bearing the original registration number. The bodywork appears to be very good with little or no signs of corrosion; the hood is aged but in very good order and the interior trim very presentable and perfectly useable. Mechanically she has not been run for a number of years although the vendor did say she drove exceedingly well prior to going into hibernation, with no worrying noises and with good oil pressure. Supplied with a V5 registration document, a Heritage Certificate and some invoices and bills dating back to 1993, some light and sympathetic re-commissioning is required; however, taking into account the rarity of such cars, this is an outstanding opportunity to own a highly sought after, unmolested Jaguar.
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