Conceived and constructed in but a few months, the XK120 debuted at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show where the stunning-looking roadster caused a sensation, the resulting demand for what was then the world’s fastest production car taking Jaguar by surprise. It was immediately obvious that the slow-to-produce alloy bodywork would have to go, and the car was swiftly re-engineered in steel. The work of Jaguar boss William Lyons himself and one of the most beautiful shapes ever to grace an automobile, the body was conceived as a coachbuilt aluminium structure for the simple reason that Jaguar expected to sell no more than 200 XK120s in the first year!
The car’s heart was, of course, the fabulous XK engine, a 3.4-litre ‘six’ embodying the best of modern design, boasting twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminium-alloy cylinder head, seven main bearings and a maximum output of 160bhp. The XK120 set new standards of comfort, road-holding and performance for British sports cars and, in keeping with the Jaguar tradition, there was nothing to touch it at the price.
This wonderful XK120 Fixed Head Coupe on offer today is presented in the superb original sage green with matching sumptuous green leather interior. Restored in the early 2000’s the current vendor purchased the car in 2016 and has used it for numerous rallies in France, even securing the Elegance Award at Loches on 2018. With the inclusion of the rear spats, this is an effortlessly classy automobile and would be a superb addition to any collection.