Lot 153 - 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Lot 153 - 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Lot 153 - 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Lot Number 153
Registration TUR 25
Chassis Number 660587
Odometer reading 62,700 miles
Result Sold - £62,500

The XK120 was manufactured between 1948 and 1954 and was Jaguar's first post-war sports car succeeding the SS100 which ceased production in 1940. It was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a testbed and show car for the new XK engine and caused a sensation persuading William Lyons to put it into production. The '120' name referred to its 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 a roadster then also as a drophead coupé from 1953 and as a fixedhead coupé from 1951. The iconic shape of the Jaguar XK120 roadster sustains the car's constant appreciation by classic car enthusiasts. They are eminently usable motorcars and understandably much coveted. Extremely robust, wonderfully reliable and infinitely eye-catching; they are, understandably, one of the most collectable motorcars available today.

This righthand drive roadster was built on 11th January, 1951 and supplied new to Henlys in London on 29th January with its first registration the following month on 9th February and subsequently resided in the same family from 1985 through to 2016. This XK was prepared for rallying and tours in 1985 for the Pirelli Marathon and, in 1988, had substantial work carried out by Roman Garage near Grantham with WE 'Wilkie' Wilkinson supervising as detailed on an invoice from 10th February 1988 with bills totalling £3,493.

Wilkie prepared ERAs for the 1938 Donington Grand Prix and, with ten others, founded the BRMC. In 1951, Wilkie became partners in a garage and word soon spread that the 'Ace Tuner' had taken up residence and work began to flow in. Through this partnership, Ecurie Ecosse was formed and, during the 1953 campaign, brought a 2nd place at Spa-Francorchamps with the C-Type Jaguars. Wilkie also tuned and prepared the D-Types that won the 1956 and 1957 Le Mans races and subsequently moved on to BRM working with the likes of Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart; this XK was in more than capable hands!

Work carried out in 1988 consisted of the original engine being deemed beyond repair and a larger 3.8 litre unit fitted with all new valve guides, re-boring and re-facing of the cylinder block, machining of the inlet manifold, turning of the flywheel with an improved compression ratio of 9:1.  Added braking performance was in the guise of XK150 discs all round. The car has been used regularly on various rallies; one being in November 2001 where it took part in the Rally of the Tests, the pioneering first edition of the re-run with the XK used as the main shot in Classic & Sports Car magazine's article on the event.

Further work by Romans Garage included a full servicing, remedial work and checking all cylinder bores in June 2000 costing some £2,785. Later, in 2002, further work costing some £1,357 was spent plus a further £2,533 in 2006 at 56,994 miles. A full service by Romans Garage was carried out at 59,160 miles and is recorded in the detailed service history. A plethora of MoT test certificates, with the earliest dating back to 1972, are found in the file along with the original green log book, a current V5 document, a current MoT test certificate valid until July 2017, the Heritage Trust Certificate and various additional bills and invoices.

Finished in its original colour of cream paintwork, the car shows wonderful signs of patina that can only be achieved by loving and long-term use. From the painted wire wheels, louvered bonnet (with leather strap) to the black leather interior and dashboard with character to spare and all exuding an honesty and charm in equal measure and complementing the paint work. It is truly rare to find an XK120 such as this.


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