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. Coupé and drophead coupé versions followed, and for customers who found the standard car too slow, there was the Special Equipment (SE) package which boosted power to 180bhp.
The XK120 was produced until 1954 and this particular car was manufactured mid-way through production on the 7th October 1952, and was delivered through Hornburg Los Angeles.
Recently re-painted in silver , the car has been wonderfully trimmed in red- with a new hood, door cards and chrome caps. Bodily, all of the chrome work has been re-chromed or replaced with the body now showing to be in lovely condition . Invoices for these extensive works are present within the car’s file.
Mechanically, the cylinder head was removed and cleaned, and the valves /springs replaced, the pistons checked, the oil pump rebuilt , coolant pressure was checked and new engine mounts were fitted. At this time, with the engine out the car, the gearbox was opened, cleaned and inspected- the selector bushes were replaced. The gearbox itself was reported to be in good order, a new clutch was fitted and the gearbox was re-installed. The carburettors were next stripped and rebuilt, a new radiator was fitted, with new pipes and clips and a sensible uprated electric fan- making the car easier to use in modern traffic.
The brakes and suspension systems also received attention at this time. With the master cylinder being rebuilt and the hydraulic flexible hoses replaced, along with new suspension wish bones, anti- roll bars and rear springs.
Receipts relating to the restoration are available, and the car also comes with a current MoT certificate and a V5 registration document, along with aJaguar heritage certificate confirming the car is matching numbers.
Fantastically stylish and eminently useable this stunning XK120 is ready for summer use.