The Jaguar XK120 caused an absolute sensation when it was launched at the 1948 Motor Show. In the post-war era of rationing, general austerity and hardship it came as a stunning vision of what the future might hold. It was, without doubt, the most beautiful car in the world, and the fastest un-supercharged production sports model ever made up to that time. Its claimed top speed of 120mph was so astonishing that to prove it Jaguar took one over to Belgium and clocked 132mph!
The response from the public at the Motor Show launch on 20th October 1948 caught Jaguar by surprise, and as orders poured in it was immediately obvious that the level of home and export demand could only be satisfied by moving from a lightweight alloy-bodied ash frame construction to tooling up for volume production in steel. This took time to achieve and the first 57 right hand drive cars, and 183 left-hand drive cars, were hand-produced in lightweight aluminium alloy. Throughout the 6-year production run, Jaguar manufactured a mere 609 Right hand drive roadsters for the home market and we are proud to be offering one of them here today.
Finished Mist grey with red leather interior, this Matching numbers UK Right hand drive XK120 Roadster has been subject to a recent no-expense-spared mechanical and cosmetic renovation. Mechanical works completed included overhauling the brakes, steering, suspension, all bushes and carburettor, as well as the supply and fitting of new exhaust system, vitreous enamel manifolds, shock absorbers, rear leaf springs, clutch, plugs, brake lines, fuel lines, petrol pump and complete electrical system.
Furthermore, the quality level in which the cars detailed cosmetic restoration has been finished, can only be fully appreciated when viewing the car in the flesh. Having been subject to a bare metal respray, total re-trim including all weather equipment and re-chroming of all of the brightwork, this rare Right-hand drive XK120 Roadster is truly a eye-catching example and is ready to be enjoyed in the forthcoming summer months.