Lot 162 - 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster ‘Fast road’

Lot 162 - 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster ‘Fast road’

Lot 162 - 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster ‘Fast road’

Lot Number 162
Registration VXS 459
Chassis Number 672849
Engine Number W5973-8
Odometer reading 30 miles
Result Sold - £95,200

One of the unassailable leaders in the XK field is Guy Broad. Indeed, any car with a service history or works undertaken by this company will certainly command a premium. It is little surprise that this company his formed part of the development of this car these cars over the years and significant paperwork exist here to support works undertaken. The Malcolm Sayer-designed body panels complemented by the glorious, race-proven, six-cylinder power plant form a glorious Symphony when driven on the open road and XKs were often taken to the next level by their owners looking for that extra performance and the look and feel of their racing siblings.

This example has been taken back to bare metal, as you would expect from a restoration of this calibre and repainted in Royal Blue with a contrasting red and tan leather interior, a black mohair hood and complementary weather equipment. The bonnet benefits from additional cooling in the form of louvres pressed expertly into the panel. The original competition racing XK120 ‘NOB 120’ had 12 louvres before the bonnets stiffener and 15 after all held down by the classic leather bonnet strap. It is satisfying to note therefore that this example has being replicated to the exact same specification. Lighting takes the form, as you would expect with standard headlamps but with the addition of rally spotlights.

Under the skin, the engine and gearbox (now five-speed) has been taken apart by our friends at Guy Broad, rebuilt with an automatic choke and 2” twin SU carburettors set-up by Alto at A.J. Coachworks and then fitted with an aluminium radiator, installed to assist cooling.

Great consideration has gone into the comfort and usability of this motorcar to the extent that the footwell on both sides had been extended by 6” into the bulkhead to accommodate those slightly taller drivers and their passengers. In addition, the two 6V battery boxes in the boot have been combined freeing up one battery box to be upholstered throughout for valuables etc.

To finish, a Le Mans style fuel filler cap can be found to the rear and this beautifully-built roadster now sits on 16” chrome wire wheels and new tyres. 8bhp has been added to the power output by the fitting of big bore, stainless steel exhaust and stainless-steel fittings throughout. A superb example well put together and embodying much of the thinking behind the racing cars of yesteryear.

Interested parties should be advised that this is a September 1952 built Jaguar and has been converted from left to right hand drive. Also, according to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate, it no longer carries the original engine. It should be noted however that it is still an XK120 engine and so performance will remain unaltered. 

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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