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 unsupercharged 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 RHD roadsters for the home market and we are proud to be offering one of them here today.
Finished in British Racing Green with beige leather upholstery this wonderful example has been subject to a thorough renovation with bills accounting to in excess of £20,000 GBP. Works completed included fitment of a new clutch, exhaust manifolds, stainless steel exhaust system, front shock absorbers, cooling hoses all-round, electric fan and switch, and overhaul of front suspension, hydraulics, carburettors and starter motor. The attention to detail of the refurbishment is to the extent that even two new 12 volt batteries have been wired in parallel so as to avoid any issues starting this XK120 in the future.
Furthermore the car has also been subject to a very detailed cosmetic restoration and the level of quality can only be fully appreciated when viewing the car in flesh. Included in the extensive history file are not only the invoices for the works carried out here in the UK by Jaguar specialists, but also the current and old V5s, a period photograph of the car with its former owners, comprehensive correspondence between its former owners Mr. David Watkins and Kit Constable Maxwell, the original UK Log book from 1954 as well as its replacement issued in 1973 and a Guy Broad parts catalogue.