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

Jaguar XK120: Buying guide and review (1948-1954) Classic and Performance Car
Jaguar XK120 (Image: Magic Car PIcs) Jaguar XK120 side Jaguar XK120 interior Jaguar XK120 engine
Post-World War Two Britain was a grim and grey place. Rationing and ‘making do’ were the way of life when comforts were sparse. Motorists, those fortunate few who had access to cars, had to put up with automotive porridge of the most lumpen and ordinary capability.

But with the razzmatazz of the Earls Court Motor Show, opening in London on October 28, 1948, the lights of hope were suddenly switched on. The amazing new Jaguar XK120 was seen for the first time by motoring fellows in baggy trousers, threadbare tweeds and trilby hats. This was the future – and it looked incredible, it looked fast and it looked affordable.
 
British motoring enthusiasts were not used to cars of such beauty. The XK120 Super Sports was more akin to offerings from exotic design houses of Europe. It had shades of BMW 328 and Bugatti coupés about it, but was far more seductive and attainable. The XK120 was effectively styled by Jaguar boss William Lyons. He was ready to pick up inspiration from designs he had seen at concours d’élégance and motor shows. Critics might argue this was plagiarism, but Lyons was responsible for the beautiful work of his Swallow Coachbuilding company (SS) and the Jaguar SS90 and 100 that preceded the XK.
 
He was also aware of the post-war styling trends, which he had seen at the Paris Motor Show in 1946. This was forward thinking in Britain, where most styling was still very much traditional, if not backward looking. 
 
But it wasn’t just about the looks. 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 XK120 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, actually adding value in many cases. 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 maneuvering easier – especially for older drivers. 
 

Performance and specs 

 
Jaguar XK120 DHC
 
Engine  3442cc, six-cylinder 
Power 160bhp @ 5200rpm
Torque 195lb ft @ 2500rpm
Transmission Four-speed manual
0-62mph 11.7sec 
Top speed 122mph
Insurance group   -
Fuel consumption  22.8 mpg
Price when new  £1263
 

Dimensions and weight


Wheelbase              2591mm
Length 4394mm
Width 1575mm
Height 1359mm
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. Regular 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 synchromesh 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 £110,000-£150,000. More expensive are the roadsters, which command slightly more on the open market for around £110,000-£160,000. If you’re looking for a more powerful SE model, then expect to pay even more – especially if it's an original fitment to the car. The rare alloy bodied roadsters are in a league of their own at £300,000-450,000 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

    €98,500(£88,039.30) €98,500(£88,039.30)

    Jaguar XK 120 OTS, year 1954. Colour red with a beige leather interior and beige carpet. Black mohair soft-top and side-curtains. This fabulous Jaguar XK 120 Open Two Seater (OTS – also named Roadster) was sold new in the USA. The car is currently registered in France. This automobile is in a very good and very beautiful condition and the car drives delightfully! This Jaguar shows all the original details and the car features 16-inch chrome wire wheels. This is a 1950’ies icon! We speak Dutch, English , German and French. Our cars can be delivered with Dutch, German or Belgium registration. We can assist with the French registration. Transport to your door is possible. We have our own workshop facility with 25 years experience with classic cars. On parle néerlandais, anglais, allemand et Français. Nos voitures peuvent être livrées avec enregistrement néerlandais, allemand ou en Belgique. Nous pouvons aider avec l’enregistrement Français. Transport à votre porte est possible. Nous avons notre propre installation d’atelier avec 25 ans d’expérience avec les voitures classiques.

    • Year: 1954
    • Mileage: 1400 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
    For sale
    €98,500(£88,039.30) €98,500(£88,039.30)
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  • 1954 Jaguar XK120 DHC

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    The Jaguar XK120 represents a milestone in automotive history, as Jaguar managed push the limits on what was perceived to be tangible in a road car. The first prototype car was shown in 1948 at the London Motor Show where it wooed the crowd, causing such a stir that instead of the original 200 units Jaguar was planning on building, they decided to put it into production. Its graceful, swooping lines made this car a stunning shape gaze upon, but where the XK120 really impressed its audience was its performance. The “120” stood for the 120mph top speed the car could reach and even go beyond with the windscreen off. This made the XK120 the quickest production car in the entire world at the time which was a massive feat for Jaguar. The XK120 featured a brand new 3.4L straight-six engine, with robust main bearings, an aluminum cylinder head and pistons. Producing 160bhp at 5,200RPM, the XK120 offered exactly what petrol heads were looking for in a sports car. The design was timeless, the performance was astounding, with the XK120 having both road and track applications. The example on offer is a 1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC, chassis number 677270, engine number W 8621-8, a matching numbers exa

    • Year: 1954
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  • Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupé '53

    €125,000(£111,725) €125,000(£111,725)

    The XK120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a testbed and show car for the new XK engine.. It caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The "120" in its name referred to its 120 mph (193 km/h) top speed (faster with the windscreen removed), 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 (designated OTS, for open two-seater, in America), then also as a drophead coupé (DHC) from 1953 – and also as a closed, or "fixed-head" coupé (FHC) from 1951. The DHC was a more deluxe open model, with wind-up windows, and wood-veneer dashboard and interior door caps, as on the FHC. The roadster's lightweight canvas top and detachable sidescreens stowed out of sight behind the seats, and its barchetta- style doors had no external handles; instead there was an interior pull-cord which was accessible through a flap in the sidescreens when the weather equipment was in place. The windscreen could be removed for aeroscreens to be fitted. The drophead coupé (DHC) had a padded, lined canvas top, which folded

    • Year: 1953
    • Mileage: 64173 mi
    For sale
    €125,000(£111,725) €125,000(£111,725)
  • Jaguar XK120 Period Competition Roadster

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 This fabulous racing XK120 boasts an extensive period competition history that spans over a decade from the early 1950s through to the 1960s in addition to more recent successful appearances at the Mille Miglia. Constructed in late 1950 this original RHD roadster was registered LOB908 in January of 1951 and delivered via P J Evans, the famous Birmingham distributors, to Geoff Mansell, a well-known local competitor. Mansell had initially started out in trials and rallying but moved onto hill climbing and circuit racing, often teaming up with other Midlands-based drivers such as Lew Tracey and Denis O’M Taylor. Mansell wasted no time in putting LOB908 into action with an appearance at Prescott in June of 1951 and two meetings at Silverstone in August and September where he finished 4th on both occasions. He returned to hill climbing for latter part of 1951 with further appearances at Prescott and at Shelsley Walsh. The beginning of the 1952 season saw Mansell venturing a little further afield with an entry at Castle Combe in April before more hill climbing and circuit racing at Prescott and Silverstone over the summer. This pattern was to b

    • Year: 1950
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  • Jaguar XK120

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    This beautiful XK120 was used by Jaguar as a works demonstrator for two years in the early 1950s and was then sold to a very successful club racer called Berwyn Baxter, who is believed to have raced it for some years. During the 1960s this fantastic car was also raced by David Cottingham and Tony Hilderbrand. Later in the 1970s the car then made its way to Holland where it was raced throughout Europe, and eventually ended up as a museum exhibit. In 2009/2010 the prominent XK120 went through a complete nut and bolt restoration carried out by Classic Motor Cars Ltd and was brought back to its original Jaguar specification. Since being restored this car has competed in the Mille Miglia in 2010 and again in 2012, with a recorded mileage of 18351, this is a stunning car in excellent condition. To arrange a viewing/test drive please contact us.

    • Year: 1952
    • Mileage: 18351 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
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  • 1950 Jaguar XK-120 3.4 Alloy Roadster

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    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 670121, is one of the hundred eighty-four delivered with left-hand drive, out of a total of 242 Alloy-bodied cars produced. A nice example of the rarest of all early patterned Aluminum bodied cars with steel disc wheels, and distinctive rear mudguard spats. This example stands as a wonderful example of the archetypal and most desirable of the Alloy-bodies series of cars, and presents the Jaguar collector with a rarely afforded opportunity to own a coveted piece of Jaguar motor history.

    • Year: 1950
    For sale
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  • Jaguar XK120 OTS (1954).

    €135,000(£120,663) €135,000(£120,663)

    Fantastic Jaguar XK120 OTS. Completely restored some years ago, and just back from a quality repaint. Matching nrs. engine, which is just overhauled. Fitted with a modern 5-speed gearbox. Belgian registration and in immaculate condition.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 590 mi
    For sale
    €135,000(£120,663) €135,000(£120,663)
  • 1950 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster

    $395,000(£299,568) $395,000(£299,568)

    1950 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Roadster s/n 670111, Engine no. W1216-8 Red with Tan Leather Interior It is difficult to encapsulate the enthusiasm that greeted Jaguar when, in 1948, they revealed the XK 120 to the British public and eventually the world. Even for the largely demure Brits, emerging from economic austerity following World War II, the XK120 caused quite a stir. The shocking and newly conceived XK 120 was nothing short of an earth-shattering revelation. This truly avant-garde car not only boosted morale among the weary UK population, it demonstrated to the world that Britain had not only the technical capacity in the automotive world but the fortitude to deliver a sensual and emotionally engaging car. Although originally intended to be a concept car showcasing Jaguars’ remarkable new twin-cam inline-6 cylinder engine, the breathtaking styling and genuine 120 mph performance, coupled with an affordable price, captured the imagination of the world. In short order, the largely hand-built aluminum-bodied car was rushed into limited production as orders came flooding in. With time and delivery pressures growing, Jaguar immediately realized they needed to reengineer the car for ma

    • Year: 1950
    • Mileage: 28178 mi
    For sale
    $395,000(£299,568) $395,000(£299,568)
  • Jaguar XK120 Liege-Rome-Liege Period Competition Roadster

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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 11th overall in 1952 and 28th overall in 1954 retiring lying 12th 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 Period Competition Roadster

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 1952 Jaguar XK120 Period Competition Roadster Constructed in 1952, LUF964 is a genuine home-market RHD XK120 roadster that was delivered new to Brighton Jaguar dealer Bill Cannell, who ran the famous Moore’s garage. Cannell had close links with Jaguar and the factory works team and along with Tommy Wisdom entered the C-Type that Stirling Moss famously drove to victory at Rheims in 1952. Cannell’s XK120 was driven to this very event, possibly as a back-up race car, and can be seen in the background of a delightful period photograph that features Jaguar Chairman William Lyons, his son John, Chief Engineer Bill Heynes, driver and journalist Tommy Wisdom and Cannell himself enjoying a picnic in front of their cars. Further details of Cannell’s ownership are still being researched but by the summer of 1953 LUF had been acquired by amateur race driver Roy Pell who fitted an aeroscreen and ran it at his local circuit, Silverstone. Delightful period photographs obtained from Pell’s widow show him in action at the Nottinghamshire Sports Car Club meeting held on August 8th. Like many drivers of his time, Pell also took the car rallying and he is me

    • Year: 1952
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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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  • Jaguar XK120 Period Competition Roadster

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 1951 XK120 Competition Roadster This Jaguar is an early XK120 roadster with an extensive competition history including both racing and international rallying. Completed in February 1951 AJK48 was despatched to Henlys, and then sold to Mrs Samson via Willetts Ltd of Eastbourne. The details of Mrs Samson’s ownership remain unclear but it was to be brief and by early 1952 the car had passed to London businessman Mark Levy. It was Levy who was to begin AJK48’s varied competition career with an entry into the BARC Eastbourne Rally held on 6th July, a drive he shared with friend and fellow competitor Cyril Wick, who achieved the fastest time in the Rally’s hill climb stage. Their entry into this event was in effect a warm up for the more challenging Evian Mont Blanc Rally that took place later that month on the continent and again saw both Levy and Wick piloting AJK48. While perhaps not as well-known as the Alpine Trial, the Evian Mont Blanc Rally was regarded by many contemporary drivers and journalists as being at least as technically challenging as the more famous event and possibly more so. Wick and Levy’s earlier preparations clearly paid

    • Year: 1951
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  • Jaguar XK120 Period Competition Roadster

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 This fabulous Jaguar is a late example of the iconic XK120 being less than 100 chassis numbers away from the last roadster built in RHD. It was delivered, as a company car, to F Parham Ltd, in Gillingham, Kent in July of 1953. This company was involved in construction and boat building in the Medway area and the car was the personal transport of the Managing Director, a Mr Leonard Francis Parham, who was a keen rally driver at the time and it is likely he drove the car competitively in this period. Research is still ongoing with the Parham family and Mr Parham himself who remains an enthusiastic motorist at the age of 99. After Parham’s ownership, the XK passed through three subsequent owners before being acquired in January 1968 by a young engineer, Mr Douglas Potter. Like Parham, Potter was motorsport enthusiast and over the next two years or so he utilised his engineering skills to develop his XK for racing purposes (for example increased engine capacity, wire wheel conversion, improved brakes) and achieved some success in the emerging XK Register racing series with multiple appearances at the major UK circuits of the period including

    • Year: 1953
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  • Jaguar XK120 DHC 1954

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT This is a trade-in car or a restoration project. A special wholesale price applies to this car. Jaguar XK120 DHC 1954 Matching Numbers. This Jaguar XK 120 Drophead Coupe was originally delivered on the 26 th of April 1954 in New York. The Jaguar is matching numbers and Heritage Certificate is present. Chassisnumber: S 678289 Engine number: F 2850-8-S Body number: P 2529 Gearbox number: JL 22499 Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1954
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  • Jaguar XK120

    £129,995 £129,995

    RESERVED 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
    For sale
    £129,995 £129,995
  • Jaguar XK120

    €99,950(£89,335.31) €99,950(£89,335.31)

    Completely original, never restored ! A unique discovery since this beautiful Jaguar XK120 DHC is completely original and never restored. Complete 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 perfect running and driving condition with extremely nice and well preserved original 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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    €99,950(£89,335.31) €99,950(£89,335.31)
  • Jaguar XK120 Roadster 1952

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Jaguar XK120 Roadster 1952 Le Mans, driver’s condition This 1952 Jaguar XK 120 has British Racing Green paint and very beautiful chrome details. Recently the car is rebuilt to Le Mans specifications. Interior and technics are improved. This Jaguar has the more powerful 3442CC, XK150 engine with 253 HP. This Jaguar is in good driver’s condition, not in concours condition. The whole new green leather interior has two bucket seats and leather dashboard. The marvelous dashboard has a smaller wooden steering wheel. This fast XK 120 is a ideal driver’s car and suited for rally. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1952
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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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  • Jaguar XK120 3.4 OTS 1953 Old English White

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    The XK120 was the first sports car Jaguar produced since the SS 100, which ceased production in 1940. The XK120 was first launched as a open two-seater in 1948, at the London Motor Show. It was intended to be a testbed and a show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. The display car was the first prototype, chassis number 660001. It looked almost identical to the production cars except that the straight outer pillars of its windscreen would be curved on the production version. The roadster caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into full production. The first 242 cars produced wore wood-framed open two-seater bodies fitted with aluminium panels. In early 1950 production switched to the 51 kg heavier all-steel version. The cars owns its name to the fact that its topspeed was 120 mph, which made it the world’s fastest production car at the time of its launch. Ultimately the XK120 was available in two open versions, firstly the open two-seater (OTS), called the roadster in the US, then as a closed fixed head coupé (FHC) from 1951 and also as a drophead coupé (DHC) from 1953. A smaller-engined version with a 2-litre 4 cylinder engine, des

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  • Jaguar XK120

    £149,000 £149,000

    Jaguar XK120 for sale. This LHD XK120 was bought to compete in the legendary Mille Miglia . The previous owner had the car meticulously restored to competition specification by Scott Sargent, twice Pebble Beach winner with his Bugatti Atlantic (best of show) and his Delahaye 165 Figoni (best in class) to a competition ready specification. This car features alloy lovred bonnet with leather strap, competition exhaust, alloy quick release filler cap C-type head and much more. The car is presented in the perfect colour combination of British Racing Green with tan hide in beautiful condition. Although this car is prepared for competition it is totally useable. It starts on the button, runs smoothly and stops nicely. This car would suit either a collector or someone looking to buy a usable car with some competition aspirations. Offered at a fraction of build cost.

    • Year: 1952
    • Mileage: 8800 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    £149,000 £149,000
  • 1951 Jaguar XK-120 'LT1' 3.4 OTS Re-creation

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    The very special Roadster presented here is a faithful recreation of a famous car that is steeped in rich Jaguar automotive history. This XK-120 is a fantastic recreation of the famed LT1 factory roadster, and was the recipient of an exhaustive 15 year restoration by the top Jaguar professionals. The roadster remained in the US until September 1989, when it returned to England and began what was a lengthy restoration to its present appearance. Original parts were gathered over a 15-year period, which saw a chassis rebuild by John Wood, while Aubrey Finburgh recreated a correct one-piece aluminum body and mounted it on a tubular steel “birdcage” inner frame. The roadster features sporty and roomy alloy bucket seats, as well as collapsible, aerodynamic Brooklands style windscreens, along with a set of painted wire wheels that match the car's British Racing Green finish. The absence of the bumpers further enhances the sleek and sporty look of the car. The XK-120 is powered by a proper C-Type-spec engine with twin sand cast SU carburetors, while the front brakes are cooled by air scoops. The roadster’s running gear was fully overhauled, its electrical system was rewired, and the origin

    • Year: 1951
    • Mileage: 284 mi
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  • Jaguar XK120 DHC 1953

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Jaguar XK 120 Drophead Coupe 1953 LHD British Racing Green A very beautiful Jaguar XK 120 Drophead coupe in the colour British Racing Green. The elegant lines of the body are accentuated by the chrome wire wheels and the nice Tripod headlights. The interior has a beautiful wooden dashboard and beige leather seats, a very chic combination. This is an older restoration, photoreport of the restoration is present. The 3442 CC, 6 cyl engine is in perfect condition. This Jaguar is not only elegant but also great driving. Car has Belgian title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1953
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  • Jaguar XK120 C Type - Build No 10 by Lynx Motors

    £230,000 £230,000

    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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  • 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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