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 has had a total of over £140,000 spent on it. A restoration completed in 2017 began some 11 years previously where the car was sand blasted including 7 times chemically dipped body. The chassis was shot blasted and lightened, before being painted to a high standard by specialist restorers in Scotland. The car returned to the south of England where it was expertly trimmed by leading marque specialists to the very highest concours standard. The Walnut Facia and door capping’s were also re-enamelled. The foot wells were extended for comfort.
Mechanically the XK engine was built up, now 4.2 litres for increased torque for easy cruising for long distance events. A five speed synchromesh gearbox was fitted along with power steering and larger disc brakes. An XK150 axle was fitted for increased strength along with special road wheels. All new electrics were installed.
Offered with its UK V5 registration documents this is a very fast XK is being offered on the open market for the first time.