The 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 un-supercharged 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!
This beautiful matching numbers example has been the subject of a no-expense spared body-off restoration to Le Mans specification. The completely revised 3.4 litre 6-cylinder engine is said to run faultlessly with good compression and oil pressure. Its original 4 speed gearbox is offered with the car, however is currently fitted with an improved Getrag 5-speed.
Fitted with a new tonneau cover, both mechanically and optically, this XK120 is in exquisite condition. Having been uprated to Le Mans specification with all of the modifications listed below, the car is also offered with its original parts that include its matching numbers gearbox, brakes, soft-top frame, windshield and side windows.
The chassis is equipped with an epoxy primer inside and out and then given two coats of Le mans green 2k paint. Built from the chassis up, with high quality components and Le Mans executed in a number of ways. These modifications include new 72 spoke chrome rims with radial tires, disc brakes all round, improved brake callipers with more pistons, shock absorbers front and rear, 2x faster camshaft, Getrag 5-speed gearbox, stainless steel exhaust, adjustable brake and clutch pedal, Brooklands windshields, new bearings, rubbers & seals.
A truly fantastic example suitable and ready for a number of historic rally’s and events or to be a key part of any prestigious classic car collection.