The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954 and was Jaguar’s first post-war sports car, succeeding the SS 100 which ceased production in 1940. The XK120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a test bed and show car for the new Jaguar XK six-cylinder engine. It caused a sensation, which persuaded William Lyons to put the car into production and the ‘120’ in its name referred to the 120 mph top speed which made the XK120 the world’s fastest standard production car at the time of launch. It was available in two roadster convertible versions; as a drophead coupé from 1953 and as a closed fixedhead coupé from 1951. The XK120 was aimed primarily at the US market and the fixedhead coupé was constructed in relatively small numbers with approximately 2680 units produced (combined left and righthand drive) compared with approximately 7614 Roadsters.
This XK120 Fixed head Coupé was delivered new to the America in 1952 and then returned to the UK in the late 1980’s where it was restored and up-rated by the renowned UK collector Roy Hatfield of Sheffield to drive in the Monte Carlo classic rally. The upgrades included converting the car to right-hand drive, fitting a 4.2 litre engine with triple carburettors, lightened flywheel and competition clutch. Other modifications included an all synchromesh gearbox with overdrive, rack and pinion steering, uprated Koni shocks, servo assisted brakes, front brakes replaced with discs and calipers, aluminium radiator, up-rated alternator, louvered bonnet by RS Panels, bonnet strap and stainless steel exhaust system. The car finished an exceptional 2nd in class and 13th overall out of 130 competitors proving the quality of the modifications made, as one would expect with any car with a restoration overseen with the keen eye of Mr Hatfield and his team. Other subtle modifications increase ease of use such as the repositioned pedals and smaller steering wheel to aid taller drivers. Finished in champagne with recently fitted red leather bucket seats, this magnificent XK120 Coupé is supplied with a V5C registration document, a large file of invoices, XK Magazines with articles relating to Roy Hatfield and the XK120 rebuild and photographs of the rebuild.