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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 Open Two Seater '52

    €139,950(£0) €139,950(£0)

    This car is in exceptional condition but was not restored 100% according to the original model. It has: Fully restored +/- 15 years back in Holland after the USA import. In 2014 the car received a full respray of the top coat. History file and invoices covering maintenance and restoration. Belgian registration documents. 220hp >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) info@oldtimerfarm.be Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE, EN) olivier@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm from Aalter would also like to sell your classic car or car collection. For more information, please contact Xavier. Exhibitions where you can find us: Pictures of the car:

    • Year: 2018
    • Mileage: 3120 mi
    For sale
    €139,950(£0) €139,950(£0)
    Oldertimerfarm.be
  • Jaguar XK120

    €98,500(£0) €98,500(£0)

    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(£0) €98,500(£0)
  • 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
    For sale
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  • Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupé '53

    €125,000(£0) €125,000(£0)

    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(£0) €125,000(£0)
  • 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
    POA POA
  • Jaguar XK120 OTS (1954).

    €135,000(£0) €135,000(£0)

    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(£0) €135,000(£0)
  • 1950 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster

    $395,000(£0) $395,000(£0)

    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(£0) $395,000(£0)
  • Jaguar XK120

    $119,500(£0) $119,500(£0)

    PRICE DROP 01/11/2017: $119,500 FROM $124,500 Original 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE DHC Convertible (S677155) with 13,709 miles showing on speedometer, refreshed (not body off renovation) to include new windscreen glass,paint, upholstery, top & lining, top boot cover, burl walnut interior wood, BF Goodrich whitewall tires, chrome wire wheels. Chassis number S667155 was the 155th LHD XK120 DHC built out of 1471 total LHD DHC produced. Matching numbers to Identification plate and Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate. Car purchased from estate of Virginia, USA car collector Fredrick Bainbridge III in November 2013 and shipped to So. CA mountain town of Tehachapi, where it is garaged (1 hr drive from Bakersfield, CA airport; 2 hr drive from LAX airport). UPDATE: On Saturday, August 26, 2017 S677155 received the 2017 Heritage Oak School Concours "Teacher's Choice" Award presented by Heritage Oak School Staff, Tehachapi, CA On Friday, August 18, 2017 S677155 received the 2017 Pacific Grove Concours and Auto Rally "Best Jaguar" award presented by sponsor "Jaguar Monterey", Monterey, CA On Saturday, July 22, 2017 S677155 received the 2017 South Street Days Concours "Best Import" Award presented by sponsor Ashmore Motors, Tehachapi, CA

    • Year: 1953
    • Mileage: 13709 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
    For sale
    $119,500(£0) $119,500(£0)
    Vincent Apicella
    661 821-0844 View contact number
    Vincent Apicella
    661 821-0844 View contact number
  • Jaguar XK120

    £129,995 £129,995

    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(£0) €99,950(£0)

    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
    For sale
    €99,950(£0) €99,950(£0)
  • 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
    For sale
    POA POA
  • 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

    For sale
    £230,000 £230,000
  • 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
    For sale
    POA POA
  • 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
    For sale
    POA POA
  • 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
    For sale
    POA POA
  • 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
    For sale
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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
    For sale
    POA POA
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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