It was at the 1948 London Motor Show that Jaguar threw the sports car world into turmoil with its stunning XK120. Here was a car with incredible style and looks, a powerful six cylinder engine installed in an outstanding chassis, and a remarkably low price, a quarter that of a V12 Ferrari, but with similar performance.
At the heart of the William Lyons styled roadster was that all-new 3,442cc twin overhead camshaft XK engine, producing 160bhp via twin SU carburettors, sufficient for 126mph and 0-60mph in 10 seconds. The XK120 became a massive success, both on the road and the track, where it scored numerous victories. The many drivers included Stirling Moss, Peter Walker, Peter Whitehead, Leslie Johnson and Ian Appleyard. In XK120C/C-Type form it won Le Mans in both 1951 and 1953, while its engine was to power three more Le Sarthe winners and a whole host of successful Jaguar models for the next fifty years.
Manufactured in 1950, chassis 220 was bought by the current owner in 1972, who during the early 1970s enjoyed driving it in the vicinity of his home in North London. From 1976 it was stored for almost forty years, in good company alongside his classic motorcycles, until being unearthed very recently.
The condition of the car is quite remarkable. All body panels appear to be original, having had a small amount of paint many years ago, which has preserved them well. The interior trim and hood also appear to be original.
The engine and chassis are believed to be matching numbers.
Offered with its original buff logbook, this fantastically well-preserved time warp example is begging to be recommissioned and enjoyed once more.
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