When shown at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the XK120 created a sensation. Following a speed run on a Belgian highway in 1949, in which an XK120 ran 126 mph with its windshield on and 132 mph without, there was no doubt that this would become a regular production model. After 240 alloy cars were built, production was shifted to more manageable steel, which was now more widely available following post-war material shortages.
Rolling out of the factory in Coventry on the 12th of January 1950, chassis number 87 is an early example of the 184 left-hand-drive alloy-bodied Roadsters built. Its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, records that the first dealer was Hornburg USA who was a widely renowned importer of race cars such as C-Types and D-Types. It was from here that its first owner purchased the car and this happened to be none other than the famous Bill Harrah, founder of “The Biggest and Finest Car Collection of the World”. Throughout the first chapter of its life, #670087 lived alongside cars such as Mercedes-Benz 500K Spezial Roadsters.
#670087 raced in America for a number of years before being repatriated to the UK where it was again raced in first class historic motorsport. At this time the jaguar was registered as PGY 189L and achieved huge success holding lap records at just about every British race circuit. The Jaguar also won the 100kms at Le Mans beating C and D types and was very successful at the Nurburgring.
The continuous success in racing made PGY 189L a very well-known car and soon the Jaguar became identified as ‘Piggy’ due to its registration prefix.
Despite being fully functioning in the years leading up to 1990 and with MOT’s to support this, the keeper at the time Mr. Ridley decided it was time for a comprehensive restoration, and with the help of marque specialists such as Fisher Restoration, “Piggy” was brought back to his former glory.
Now being sold out of long term private ownership during which the Jaguar has been used sparingly for club meetings and the occasional long-distance tour, this is an excellent opportunity to purchase a lovely older restoration of one of the very rare and increasingly desirable Alloy bodied XK120’s.