It was at the 1948 London Motor Show that Jaguar virtually 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 lan Appleyard. In XK120C/C-Type form it won Le Mans in both 1951 and ‘53, while its engine was to power three more Le Sarthe winners and a whole host of successful Jaguar models for the next fifty years.
Rolling off the production line in January 1954, chassis 676083, an Open Top Sports version of the XK120, has been subject to much restoration work in the past, and is finished in gunmetal grey metallic with a contrasting red leather interior.
Offered with a UK V5 and full FIA HTP papers, and described as being in excellent condition all round, this is a wonderfully usable XK120 which can be used for numerous events, or for touring holidays in the UK and abroad.