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Jaguar XK120: Buying guide and review (1948-1954)

Jaguar XK120: Buying guide and review (1948-1954) Classic and Performance Car
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Decades after it made its debut at the 1948 Earls Court motor show, it’s hard to imagine the impact the Jaguar XK120 had when it was first unveiled. Here was a car that could achieve 120mph thanks to its all-new 3.4-litre XK straight-six engine – an incredible speed in an era when most mainstream family cars could manage little more than half this. 
 
Even more incredibly, the XK120 wasn’t really intended for production at first; it was effectively a concept, designed to showcase that impressive new powerplant. When Jaguar was inundated with orders it had little choice but to put the car into production. In the event there would be three distinct generations of XK and a trio of different bodystyles, spanning a period of 13 years. Not bad for a car that was never meant to reach the road at all. 
 
The XK120’s impressive performance meant that it soon attracted attention from various competition drivers. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the car’s vital statistics, it wasn’t long before the Jaguar’s sportscar was getting some seriously impressive results. Taking part in gruelling races like the Le Mans 24 Hours, Mille Miglia and Targa Florio, the XK120 proved to William Lyons that there was certainly a good reason to the invest in Jaguar’s motorsport activities. 
 
Which one to buy?
 
Due to the high cost of restoration, it is advisable to buy a great example to begin with. If you think that buying the most original example is best, then get ready for an education however. The most desirable model is the DHC, but the FHC is better value (see prices below) but also hugely desirable. Best-looking, but also least practical is the Open Two Seater (OTS). Later XK140 and XK150 models are much more usable, making the earlier cars more of an acquired taste. 
 
It’s not uncommon for an XK120 to be heavily modified – and if done to a high standard – these modifications are generally hugely desirable, and add to the value. A modified pedal box for example is not a cheap or easy job, but it can transform the car making it much more comfortable to drive. To this end, it’s actually advisable to avoid a completely original XK120, unless you’re a serious collector. 
 
Some upgrades that improve the reliability of the car are worth seeking out, like an electric fan conversion. Not only does this free up a bit more power, improve refinement and economy, a Kenlowe fan will also keep the temperature of the cooling system at a much more stable level. Some people also opt for Evans waterless coolant to reduce the chance of overheating. 
 
Electronic ignition makes all the difference, as does a more modern alternator conversion. Although you can do without power steering, an electronic system can make manouvering easier – especially for older drivers. 
 
Performance and specs 
 
Jaguar XK120 DHC
Engine 3442cc, 6-cylinder 
Power 160bhp @ 5200rpm 
Torque 195lb ft @ 2500rpm 
Top speed 124mph 
0-60mph 10.0sec 
Fuel consumption 20mpg 
Gearbox Four-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2591mm
Length 4394mm
Width 1575mm
Height 1359mm
Kerb weight 1372kg
 
Common problems
 
• As Jaguar had quite a lot of success in the USA with the XK120, left-hand drive imports to the UK were very common in the 1980s and 1990s. It’s still possible to import a car from the USA today. While a right-hand drive conversion is relatively easy, it might have been done poorly or cheaply in the past, so getting it done yourself might be worth the extra cost for peace of mind. You will pay more for a genuine right-hand drive example. 
 
• The bodywork will rust just as much as any steel-bodied classic (unless you’re looking at one of the very rare alloy-bodied versions), so it’s important to be thorough with your checks. 
 
• Most obvious areas to check include the front and rear wings, which usually rust due to stone chips letting corrosion set in, as well as the A-posts, B-posts and sills which always rot as a matter of course. Water can also get into the boot, causing more corrosion issues, as well as damp carpets and unpleasant smells. 
 
• Most 120s will have been restored to some extent, and most likely on more than one occasion. The ideal situation would be to have an accompanying photographic diary of any restoration work, which is something most reputable specialists should offer. This is at least evidence of what has been replaced and when, to help build up an overall picture.
 
• Chassis are strong and long-lived, but there are a few common problem areas that are difficult to repair. Carefully inspect all of the suspension mounts, as these are expensive to remedy. 
 
• Expect big mileages from a well-serviced XK engine. Reguar oil changes, and warming the car through correctly is key. Using the correct type of coolant is also important to prevent corrosion. 
 
• If the engine does need a rebuild, it will be easy to spot. Expect blue exhaust smoke and the smell of burning oil, signifying worn bores. Low oil pressure is also a warning sign of a tired engine, but the standard-fit guage is often at fault. 
 
• Finding a good XK engine is a good idea, because a rebuild can be an expensive business. Actually removing the engine can be a very difficult and time-consuming process. 
 
• Ensure the cooling system is in optimal condition. Radiators last around ten years, but once it starts to degrade overheating is inevitable, and that’s where the big bills start! 
 
• The Moss manual transmission fitted most XKs is very hard-wearing, but most have some problems now. Once the sychromesh wears, there’s no way to replace it as it’s an integral part of the gear, so you’ll need to double declutch for smooth changes. Most other parts, like the layshaft bearings, are readily available. 
 
• Most brightwork is available new, but costs can be high and fettling is often required to get a perfect fit. So check that everything is there and in good condition; you’re often better off reviving an original part than just buying new. 
 
• The simple electrical systems are relatively easy to repair or replace, with excellent parts support, however there are a few unique parts that are difficult to source. Original bullet connectors often cause problems, while fuel sender units are wildly inaccurate and impossible to find. 
 
Model history 
 
1948: Alloy-bodied Jaguar XK120 roadster goes on sale, with the 3.4-litre XK engine. Just 242 produced. 
1950: Steel-bodied roadster replaces aluminium version. 
1951: High-performance ‘Special Equipment’ package launched, which increases power output by 20bhp to 180bhp, along with a firmer suspension set-up and twin-exit exhaust. FHC model is also introduced, along with the standard fitment of an interior heater. 
1953: More refined convertible DHC model goes on sale, featuring a soundproofed fabric roof and wind-up windows. 
1954: Better-developed XK140 model is launched as production of the XK120 is stopped. 
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites 
 
• www.jec.org.uk
• www.jaguardriver.co.uk
• www.jaguarownersclub.com
• xkclub.com 
 
Summary and prices
 
If you do find yourself in the market for a Jaguar XK120, there are plenty of things to take into consideration. While finding the right car might not be easy, your search will be worth the effort, as you will be buying one of the finest pieces of automotive history around. It might not be as polished or comfortable as the later 140s and 150s, but the XK120 was the original Jaguar sports car, offering a unique driving experience.
 
Best value comes from the coupe models, the best of which will cost between £100,000-£145,000. More expensive are the roadsters, which command slightly more on the open market for around £110,000-£165,000. If you’re looking for a more powerful SE model, then expect to pay even more - especially if its an original fitment to the car. The rare alloy bodied roadsters are in a league of their own at £225,000-300,000 for a road car, although a lot of these have been converted to competition spec, meaning mega money for an original Works car.
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  • Jaguar XK120 C Type - Build No 10 by Lynx Motors

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    Following the success of the Jaguar XK120s at the 1950 Le Mans 24hr race it was realised that with minimal engine tuning, a lighter chassis and a lightweight aerodynamically revised aluminum body shell the car would have a very real chance of success against its iconic opposition and thus the XK120C or C-Type was born. Whilst the front suspension was very similar to that of the XK120 the rear was completely redesigned and the braking was ultimately improved (for 1953) via the innovative four disc brake arrangement, and the exhaust valves were enlarged. These modifications along with many more resulted in a power output of a little over 200bhp. The C-Types were completed in time to compete in the 1951 Le Mans 24hr. At one point in the race the Jaguars held first, second and third place and it was only mechanical teething issues that prevented that from being the final result. Lynx Motor Cars was founded in 1968 principally to repair and maintain specialist sports and racing cars but quickly made their name restoring and maintaining original Jaguar C-Types, D-Types and E-Types. The evolution from restoration to recreation was a natural one and soon saw the introduction of its first L

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  • 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster

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    The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured between 1948 and 1954 and was their first sports car since the SS100 which ceased production in 1940. It 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 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 alloy cylinder head and twin side-draft SU carburettors, the double overhead-cam 3.4 litre straight six XK engine was comparatively advanced for a mass-produced unit of the time. With a standard compression ratio of 8:1 it developed 160bhp. This same basic design of the XK engine, later modified into 3.8 litre and 4.2 litre versions, survived into the late 1980s. This Jaguar XK120SE was dispatched from Jaguar Cars on 13th April 1953 to Hoffmans in New York. In 2011, it was brought back to the UK and registered with the DVLA; a V5C regi

    • Year: 2017
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  • Jaguar XK120 LHD 3.4 SE Roadster

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 1953 XK120 Special Equipment Roadster LHD This delightful Jaguar was constructed on 6 th February of 1953 and sold via Hornburg of Los Angeles to its first owner a Mr Carlin O Schaeffer later that spring. Being a special equipment car it came fitted from the factory with wire wheels and sported twin exhausts, higher lift cams and an 8:1 compression engine, delivering 180 bhp versus the 160 bhp of the standard model. It was originally finished in Battleship Grey paint with Biscuit and Red interior and a Black hood. Unusually for an exported car, the history of this particular example is very well known, primarily because it remained in single family ownership for the vast majority of its 63 years. The most recent owner, a Mr Ken Purchase, bought the car in 1959, at which time it was Black, and over the next 57 years he had it repainted twice, initially in Pastel Blue Metallic and latterly in Old English White as part of a ten year bare-metal chassis off restoration, which was completed in 2013. Since that time the car has been shown at a number of concours events in the United States before being repatriated to the UK in 2016. Having benef

    • Year: 1953
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  • Jaguar XK120 Mike Salmon Competition Roadster

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 This important XK120 competition roadster was originally owned and raced by the late Mike Salmon, one of the most prolific sports car drivers of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Constructed in 1953 this special equipment XK120 was one of only 27 cars finished in the rare colour scheme of Lavender Grey paint with Biscuit and Red interior and was purchased directly off the production line as a 21 st birthday present for Michael (“Mike”) Salmon. Mike’s parents were Jersey-based and so the car was originally registered J14974 although this was subsequently changed to PCR379 in 1955 when Mike was working on the mainland as an apprentice with Jaguar. Having been fortunate enough to acquire one of the most desirable sports car of the time, Mike began his competition career with an appearance at an Edinburgh University Motor Club driving test meeting at Drem Airfield in February of 1954. It was not a particularly successful debut, with Mike slithering all over the snow-covered course, but it marked the start of a career that would last until 2008 and include no-less than 13 starts at Le Mans and numerous podium finishes at International level races. Interes

    • Year: 1953
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  • 1953 Jaguar XK-120 FHC

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    (SOLD) This 1953 Jaguar XK120 FHC is a fabulous example to be restored to a Show/Driver level. It has previously received most of its nut and bolt correct and documented restoration work by Jaguar professionals.This fabulous 1953 Jaguar XK-120 FHC has undergone a comprehensive restoration to Show/Driver level. The body was stripped to bare metal, metal worked, fit all body parts and chrome, sealed, primered, painted base coat, clear coat, color sanded and buffed. The engine, starter, generator and water pump transmission and other components were rebuilt. All systems were serviced, restored or replaced including the electrical, hydraulic, fuel and cooling systems. A new wire loom and aluminum radiator was installed and it has a new stainless steel exhaust system. The instruments, steering wheel and interior wood have all been restored. Classic Showcase’s talented upholstery department custom tailored, trimmed and fit the upholstery with all new, correct British materials; including, panels, carpet, leather seats and new headliner. All new rubber seals and grommets were installed. All brite work was re-plated and the wire wheels were restored and painted to match the body paint colo

    • Year: 1953
    • Mileage: 52974 mi
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  • 1949 Jaguar XK-120 3.4 Alloy Roadster

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    (SOLD) Classic Showcase is pleased to offer one of the rarest classic Jaguars available in the world today, the Alloy-bodied XK-120 Roadster. The car offered here, chassis number 670056, was the 56th Alloy Roadster built, and it is one of one hundred eighty-four delivered with left-hand drive, out of a total of 242 Alloy-bodied cars produced. A truly fine example of the rarest of all early patterned Aluminum bodied cars with steel disc wheels, and distinctive rear mudguard spats. The roadster was completed on December 14, 1949, and later dispatched on January 3, 1950 to Hoffman Jaguar in New York, N.Y. The roadster stayed in the U.S. until the late 1960s, and was then imported to France by a well-known Jaguar collector who participated in the 50th Anniversary of Le Mans with this very car. The roadster was then sold in 1978 with the intent of being exhibited at the Montlhéry Jaguar Museum. Since then, Jaguar professionals performed a fully documented comprehensive no-expense spared bare metal restoration to the roadster, where the car was dismantled and prepared for painting. All mechanical systems were gone through by Jaguar professionals, restoring components where necessary to e

    • Year: 1949
    • Mileage: 81620 mi
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  • 1951 Jaguar XK-120 3.4 OTS

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    (SOLD) This numbers-matching 1951 Jaguar XK-120 OTS is a striking example of the vehicle that set the land speed record and changed racing forever. Beyond pure performance, the Jaguar XK-120’s were known for their looks. The sculpted body lines on this roadster are factory correct and flawless with solid metal everywhere and correct leaded seams where appropriate. It still is completely rust free. This piece is beautifully finished and is one to impress. The black paint is polished to a high luster, only to be outshined by the high quality chrome and stainless trim pieces. The interior is dressed in perfect condition red leather. All the gauges and instrumentation work properly and appear in very good condition as well. The body is extremely straight and clean. Under the hood is the inline six cylinder twin carburetor engine that made this car the fastest production car of its day. The engine compartment is as nice as the exterior of the car. The cam covers are highly polished, and the four-speed manual transmission puts the control in your hand. This car's responsive handling, and ample braking, makes this race-proven car fun to drive. This XK-120 OTS is an amazing find for any co

    • Year: 1951
    • Mileage: 867 mi
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  • 1952 Jaguar XK-120 FHC

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    (SOLD) This 1952 Jaguar XK 120 FHC is a very original example of an XK that underwent a no expense spared frame up restoration in 2007. It won “Best of Show” at the Gran Concurso Internacional de Elegancia in Mexico 2007 and it also won “1st place” JCNA in its class 2007. This matching numbers vehicle received a comprehensive bare metal restoration; gorgeous custom fitted woodwork, fine leather upholstery and all systems have been gone through with a strong attention to detail. It has a fabulous color combination of Pastel Green exterior and Green Suede / Biscuit interior. It has original wire wheels painted to match, matching Dunlop RS tires, tool kit and the vehicle has been equipped with a battery cutoff & battery tender for storage. This is a very fast, elegant, and sporty XK definitely one of the finest XK120’s that’s exists today.

    • Year: 1952
    • Mileage: 312 mi
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  • 1952 Jaguar XK-120 FHC

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    (SOLD) This 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe was originally purchased at Hornburg Jaguar in Los Angeles, CA and remains an original California vehicle. This vehicle has had a total comprehensive body off restoration a few years ago and is completely documented. This was a no expense spared restoration to a spectacular numbers matching, original Jaguar. Classic Showcase has performed a recent inspection, full vehicle service and detail. This wonderful classic vehicle has been a multiple JCNA Concours winner. This XK 120 has won 7 JCNA concourses and has even scored 100 points at a Palos Verdes Concours. With a Heritage Certificate included, this vehicle is definitely for the discerning collector that is looking for a spectacular XK 120 coupe. It would be hard to find a better example anywhere in the world!

    • Year: 1952
    • Mileage: 28933 mi
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  • 1950 Jaguar XK-120 OTS

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    (SOLD) An incredible nut and bolt restoration was performed on this spectacular, original, early XK-120 Roadster. During the restoration process the XK-120 was stripped to bare metal, fitted, metal worked, primered, sealed, painted, color sanded and buffed to perfection. All parts were painted individually off of the car. The engine and head were completely re-built to exact factory specifications. All mechanical components, and systems were restored, including the electrical system, cooling system, hydraulic system and fuel system. A new wire loom was installed, and the gauges restored. In doing the complete interior, we fitted and trimmed all the upholstery with all the proper materials for the seats, door panels, carpets, convertible top and Tonneau cover. This was professionally made, tailored fitted, and then installed by our Classic Showcase Trimmers. The car also received all new glass, as well as many other items. This is one of the finest early XK-120’s available in the world today, all numbers match and it comes with a Heritage Certificate of Authenticity. This timeless beauty is a show winner, bringing home First Place trophies in all its showings. The car was restored t

    • Year: 1950
    • Mileage: 17548 mi
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  • 1952 Jaguar XK-120 3.4 FHC

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    (SOLD) This magnificently styled XK120 has lines and beauty way ahead of its time that begs to be driven and enjoyed. Several years ago this XK120 benefitted from a comprehensive restoration by Jaguar experts. Included in the restoration process it was dissembled. The motor, transmission, mechanical components and systems were restored. Also the body and paint had great care taken in regards to the high-quality paint and bodywork; the results of which are quite spectacular today. Garaged and well cared for, this XK120 was driven judiciously in good weather. The XK120 has attended and won several shows and Jaguar/British meets since the restoration. The car runs and drives exceptionally well due highly to its driving mechanical improvements such as an improved front disc brake conversion, new master cylinder, aluminum radiator, electronic ignition, converted positive ground 12 volt battery, and a Davis -Craig in line water booster pump, plus even more improvements. The car is very clean underneath, and the bodywork exhibits the XK120’s striking lines. Today the car is very clean and the engine bay is very tidy, over all it is well detailed. More recently by the new owner, the 120 wa

    • Year: 1952
    • Mileage: 36349 mi
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  • Jaguar XK120

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    The current owner acquired the car in the early 1990s and it was completely restored during 1993/1994 by DK Engineering. During the restoration, an outside fuel filler cap was fitted of the type used on the Works Le Mans cars. Currently, the car is finished in the traditional colour of British Racing Green, accompanied by a Suede Green leather interior. The car is fitted with a 3.8 Litre engine, C-Type cylinder head and 2" carburettors, mated to the original gearbox. The complete and correct original engine accompanies the car and has been fully overhauled. The history file that comes with the car is both fascinating and detailed, with numerous letters from Jaguar, the original Buff Log Book, period racing photographs and a magazine article featuring the car from 1979. This presents a very exciting and incredibly rare opportunity to acquire a genuine aluminium-bodied XK120 with an illustrious competition history. Having travelled to Asia and back in its life, amassing a great pedigree in the process, this XK120 is a truly special car and forms a significant part of Jaguar's early competition history. Cars such as this do not come around often and DK Engineering are delighted to be

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  • 1952 Jaguar XK-120 3.4 OTS

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    This very stylish XK-120 roadster is a strikingly well-preserved example with a gorgeous color combination, exuding the pure beauty and elegance that is most often associated with Jaguar's XK-120 models. This example has been driven a scant 18,197 miles since new, and brims with originality and patina throughout. Previously, the roadster was owned by 2 prominent Jaguar collectors who always took great care in preserving the car, while driving it sparingly and keeping it's originality intact. It is exceptionally clean throughout, with a tidy engine bay, clean undercarriage, and a striking Red interior. The car is delivered with it's Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate, and includes a jack, rear wing spats, and Lucas driving lamps that more than complement its unique styling, illustrating the very essence of classic British motoring. While the car stands in a fine show-driver level condition, it would make an excellent candidate to be taken to a complete show-level standard of perfection with a Classic Showcase restoration. This XK-120 is sure to provide its new owner with the pristine driving experience that Sir William Lyons had in mind over 60 years ago.

    • Year: 1952
    • Mileage: 18197 mi
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  • Jaguar XK120 LHD 3.4 Prototype Fixed Head Coupe

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 This XK120 Fixed Head Coupe is an incredibly important and historic Jaguar being the second prototype Left Hand Drive example produced and the original 1951 Geneva Show car. When Jaguar stunned the world with its new XK120 in 1948 few would have thought that the elegant styling of the original open two seater, or roadster, could be improved on. That thinking was challenged in 1951 when arguably the most beautiful model of Jaguar ever produced was unveiled, the Fixed Head Coupe. Reminiscent of the Bugatti Atlantic, the new coupe was based on the roadster but incorporated a teardrop shaped roof that successfully joined the front and rear design elements in one sublime flowing body. The coupe retained the chassis and mechanicals of the roadster, with some minor changes to accommodate the new body, and so the new model combined the sporting pedigree of its predecessor with the enhanced looks and luxury of the new design. That the coupe proved to be strong success with the public is underscored by the production numbers with over 2500 examples produced, the majority in LHD. This car is a very special example, being the second LHD prototype of

    • Year: 1951
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  • 1953 Jaguar XK-120 3.4 FHC

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    This CA black plate, matching numbers XK-120 is a very original car that has been well preserved. It can be purchased “as is” for you to restore as you wish, or you can purchase it, and have Classic Showcase restore it to a Show Driver or Show level. It was originally British Racing Green, and it can be taken back to its original color combination during the restoration, if you like. It is very hard to find good original, unmolested cars coming with the original hoses, clamps, and panels still in place. The interior is also original, which is unusual to find on a car of this age. Purchase includes a Heritage Certificate Included in the restoration process the vehicle will be stripped to bare metal, placed on a rotisserie, metal finished, leaded, all body parts fitted to the car and chrome, prepared for primer, sealer, paint, base, clear, color sanded and buffed to a fabulous finish. The car will not be painted for a while, so we can paint it the color of your choice. All systems will be gone through and the engine will be rebuilt back to factory specifications. The fuel, electrical, cooling, and hydraulic systems will be restored. All components will be rebuilt back to factory spec

    • Year: 1953
    • Mileage: 76414 mi
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  • Jaguar XK120 Rally Car 3.4 Liege-Rome-Liege

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster "Liege – Rome – Liege", Rally Car. British Racing Green/Green hide. Ordered in 1951 direct from Jaguar for use in competition. Period Upgrades included uprated engine with two inch sandcast SU carburettors, uprated gearbox, competition Borrani wire wheels, modified rear wheel arches for easier wheel removal, quick lift jacking points mounted at the centre point of the chassis. The car went on to compete in the Liege – Rome – Liege Rally in 1952, 1953 and 1954 driven by Bohni/Hahn, finishing 11 th overall in 1952 and 28 th overall in 1954 retiring lying 12 th overall at two thirds distance in 1953. Subject of a total professional chassis off restoration between 2007 and 2011. One owner for the last 35 years. An important very well documented genuine Competition Jaguar. Eligible for the most prestigious historic competition/rally events. Please contact us for further details.

    • Year: 1951
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  • Jaguar XK120 Salvadori Competition Roadster

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 Ex-Salvadori Competition XK120. This early steel bodied roadster was manufactured on November 28th 1950 and was despatched by the original distributor Walter E Sturgess, of Leicester on the 6th December 1950 and duly registered HBC226. While the first owner of HBC226 currently remains unknown, by the August of 1951 it was being regularly driven in competition by Roy Salvadori who was back in action just months after a serious accident at the Silverstone ‘Daily Express’ meeting that May. Salvadori, originally a second–hand car salesman, had been eager to compete from a young age but his ambitions were frustrated by the onset of the Second World War. With the end of hostilities he began racing in 1946, starting with an MG and Brooklands Riley before moving onto Tazio Nuvolari’s 1935 German GP-winning Alfa Romeo and Bira’s Maserati 4CL. His career was progressing until the Silverstone accident where he had a near-fatal crash after hitting a marker drum and suffering a fractured skull and broken bones after being ejected from his somersaulting car. In spite of a lengthy hospital stay, Salvadori was keen to get back into the fray and the lack

    • Year: 1950
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  • 1954 Jaguar XK120 FHC

    £99,995 £99,995

    GJR 966 was manufactured on the 13th January 1954 and according to the Jaguar Enthusiast Club is number 118 of only 194 right hand drive XK120 Fixed Head Coupe’s built. Many of the RHD XK120 FHC’s were destined for other markets than the UK, such as South Africa and Australia and as result, genuine RHD examples are very rare and difficult to find in the UK. This Jaguar XK120 left the factory in Birch Grey with Red trim and was supplied new by Rossleigh, Newcastle Upon- Tyne to its first owner in Jesmond, North of the City Centre. Having spent its early years on Tyneside, according to the vehicles continuation ‘buff’ logbook, the XK was in Prestwich, Manchester in 1965 and changed hands in 1966, moving to Fallowfield in South Manchester. During the 1970’s the XK was off the road and not registered on the DVLA computerised systems in 1977. It wasn’t until 1988 when the XK re-surfaced, being registered with an owner in Hull on the 14th March 1988. At the time, the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club Registrar confirmed that in 1988, just three original RHD examples were known to the Club. In 1992, the XK was sold to a long term owner in Cheshire, in need of restoration and almost one year later t

    • Year: 1954
    • Mileage: 7000 mi
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  • Jaguar XK120

    £129,995 £129,995

    Just in available soon We are very pleased to offer to the market this rare genuine early RHD XK120 OTS with the important all matching numbers. Finished in its original colours, Silver grey with Red leather interior Presenting very nicely with beautiful patinated paint and interior, this car has never been restored , we estimate it was painted around 15 years ago, it is not a concourse car but a daily user. Sold new by French importer Delecroix in early 1951 to a British wealthy man living in Nice, Côte d'Azur. It has been through a few collectors hands since. This well advised and esthete man ordered the car with the famous Robergel wire wheels, this allows you to keep the original and so beautiful rear spats even with wire wheels, not possible with central Rudge hubs. A very rare option in the day and make this XK120 look absolutely stunning and unique. A completely correct car and matching in everyway as confirmed by the Jaguar heritage certificate Original early studless engine still with its original head. Original gearbox, rear axle, frame and body. A great opportunity to get a rare early RHD XK 120 with genuine matching number. Currently being prepared for sale and going through the UK registration process The pre sales preparation on this XK120 will include but not exclusive to: - Complete re-wire and 12v conversion - Complete full flow stainless classfabs exhaust and manifold system - Mechanical overhaul to include engine tune - New radiator - Complete set of fuel line - Complete set of water hoses - High torque starter motor - Alternator conversion - New Kenlowe fan - New tyres to new owners specification (unless fitted prior to sale) - New MOT & clean bill of health If you would like to be involved in the re-commissioning of this fabulous XK120 to your specification then we welcome a purchase prior to completion. It will be supplied on the button and ready for next years summer jaunts, you will not find a more original XK120 OTS that's as correct and as stunning as this one. Export and finance enquiries welcome

    • Year: 1951
    • Engine size: 3.4
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  • Jaguar XK120

    €169,000(£150,680.40) €169,000(£150,680.40)

    Caractéristiques Année du Modèle : 1953 N° Châssis : 673761 Couleur extérieure : Birch grey Couleur intérieure : Biscuit Kilométrage : 13 000 Miles CV DIN : 180cv Cylindrée : 3442 cm3 Boîte de vitesses : Manuelle Carnet : Oui Peinture d’origine : Oui Origine du modèle : Etats-Unis - Californie Historique La JAGUAR XK120 a fait des débuts très remarquées dans le petit monde de l’automobile en 1948. Initialement conçu comme une voiture à faible volume elle va devenir une des voitures de sport les plus célèbres de tous les temps. Un total de 12 055 XK120 a été produit de 1948 à 1954. Le style élégant était l'œuvre de Sir William Lyons et a été décliné en roadster, coupé et Drophead. Le moteur XK était une merveille d'efficacité offrant puissance et souplesse à tous les régimes. Le six cylindres 3,4 litres double arbre à cames développe produit 160 ch. Un modèle SE (pour Spécial Equipement) est également proposé, il comprenait des arbres à cames différents, un volant moteur allégé, des ressorts arrières plus rigides, des roues à rayons et un double échappement. La version SE développait 180 ch contre 160 ch pour un modèle standard. C’est bien une XK 120 SE construite le 16 Mars 1953 et envoyée le 23 Mars, 1953 aux Etats-Unis (au distributeur Jaguar de Los Angeles) que nous vous proposons. Parfaitement tracé et documentée ce véhicule se présente encore avec sa peinture « Birch grey » d’origine superbement patinée par les années et l’excellent soin apporté. L’intérieur a été refait dans les années 80 et la mécanique a reçu une inspection méticuleuse puis une restauration entre juin et décembre 2008. De nombreux experts ont attesté la conformité parfaite de cette XK qui possède son certificat Jaguar Héritage. Livrée avec tous les documents, manuels et outils cette XK est l’occasion unique d’acquérir une pièce maitresse de l’histoire automobile. Garantie du véhicule Le véhicule sera vendu révisé et garanti 3 mois ou 5000kms Prix 169 000 euros Nous trouver et nous contacter Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / 04 79 88 66 36 - Jérôme Millias 07 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans Nos horaires Du Lundi au Samedi, de 8h00 à 12h00 et de 14h00 à 18h30 *************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Specifications Year of manufacture: 1953 Chassis number: 673761 Exterior color: Birch grey Interior color: Original biscuit Mileage: 13 000 Miles HP: 180 cv Engine displacement: 3442 cm3 Gearbox: Manual Original paint: Yes Delivery country: USA - California History and maintenance The JAGUAR XK 120 was highly acclaimed in the small world of the automobile in 1948. Originally designed as a low-volume car, it became one of the most famous sports car. A total of 12,055 XK120 have been produced from 1948 to 1954. The elegant and curving style was the work of Sir William Lyons. The XK engine offers power and flexibility at all engine speeds. 6-cylinder 3.4-liter dual overhead cams with 160 hp. A SE model (for Special Equipment) is also proposed, it included different overhead cams, a lightened flywheel, stiffer rear springs, wire wheels and dual exhaust. The SE model developing 180 hp against 160 hp for a standard model. The vehicle we offer is a XK 120 SE, built in March 16, 1953 and sent in March 23, 1953 in the US (Jaguar dealer in Los Angeles). Perfectly traced and documented this vehicle is presented with its original «Birch gray» painting, beautifully patinated by the years and the excellent care given. The interior was redone in the 80’s and mechanics received an attentive inspection and a restoration between June and December 2008. Many experts have testified the perfect conformity of this XK which has its Jaguar Heritage certificate. Delivered with all the documents, manuals and tools, this vehicle is a unique opportunity to acquire a masterpiece of automotive history. Warranty The vehicle will be sold revised and guaranteed 3 months or 5000 Km Price 169 000 euros Find us and contact us Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / +334 79 88 66 36 - Jérôme Millias +337 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans France Opening hours From Monday to Saturday, 8am to 12am and 2pm to 6.30pm

    • Year: 1953
    • Mileage: 13000 mi
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  • Jaguar XK120

    €129,500(£115,462.20) €129,500(£115,462.20)

    Completely original, never restored ! A unique discovery since this beautiful Jaguar XK120 DHC is completely original and never restored. Completely original paint, original interior trim, comes with all original accessories and documentation and with only 52.000 miles on the clock. This car was produced on the 17th of July 1953 in British Racing Green with Tan interior trim. Dispatched on the 13th of August 1953, through Hornburg, Los Angeles USA to its first owner R Palmer. During 1956 the car was transferred to Kenneth Linscott of Denver, Colorado who kept the car until the nineties. Now the car is beautifully preserved, in running and driving condition with extremely nice and well preserved interior trim. The car comes with its original accessories like a complete tool roll, jack with rachet lever, wheelbrace, tyre pump and a grease gun under the bonnet. Original Literature like the Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook, a full set of original unused Owners' Registration Cards, Jaguar Overseas Distributors and Dealers list, Drophead Coupe Instructions for operating the Head, Trico Windscreen Washer instructions, Teclamit Lubricating Oil Filter Service Instructions. Matching numbers, comes with a Heritage Certificate. Please contact us to make an appointment to view this magnificent original Jaguar XK120 DHC in our showroom in Bilthoven, The Netherlands. We are continuously looking for similar cars for outright purchase or to sell on a commission basis.

    • Year: 1953
    • Mileage: 52000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
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  • 1953 Jaguar XK120 FHC

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    1953 Jaguar XK120 FHC Presenting a completely restored nut and bolt XK120 FHC by Bristol Classic and Sports Cars Ltd. completed in June 2014 and has covered 2000 miles since. Developed for fast road touring, ease of use, and durability. Absolutely stunning and presented in as new condition. Specification and upgrades: Engine: 3.8 XK150 short motor with S3XJ head and 120 sump breathing through 2 inch sand cast SU carbs, rear engine modified seal crank scroll machined to suit ; crank / rods 4.2 / fly wheel lightened / pressure plate and pulley all balanced. Head mildly ported. Machining crank journals all 10 thou, bores plus 20 thou, head new guides, valves, cam bearings, exhaust valve seats, new oil pump, chains, guides etc. Exhaust: 3 branch stainless steel manifolds with Y pipe and single pipe system through chassis. Alternator conversion. Halogen head light bulbs. Alloy radiator with Kenlowe fan operated automatically via outer switch in bottom hose. Alloy fuel tank, Facet fuel pump, copper pipes, ethanol compliment pipes, Monza alloy locking fuel filler cap. Gear box: T5 Tremac 5 speed with .63 fifth gear. (Long legs for fast touring) Rear axle 3.77:1 standard ratio. Brakes: XK1

    • Year: 1953
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  • 1953 Jaguar XK120

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    1953 Jaguar XK120 FHC On offer is this stunning matching numbers Jaguar XK120 FHC fastidiously restored to Pebble Beach standards. Delivered via Hoffman New York to the first owner …. a pilot in early 1953 who also raced the car. The next owner was Bill Welch of Welch Jaguar who purchased the car in the early 1960s, after 32 years of ownership the car passed on to Bruce Amster of Red Line Restoration. Red Line restored the car during the early 2000s, exceptional craftsmanship is evident throughout, the fit and finish of the coachwork is outstanding! The present owner has brought the car to the absolute highest standard having spent an additional 70k USD chasing the finest details (invoices available on request). Front disc brake conversion, original drums are present. This sale represents an opportunity to acquire the very best XK120 FHC, any inspection welcome. Jaguar Heritage Certificate on file confirming build numbers. POA. SOLD MAKE ENQUIRY First Name Surname Email Telephone Contact Address Company Address 1 Address 2 Address 3 Address 4 Postcode Image Gallery prev next

    • Year: 1953
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