It was at the 1948 London Motor Show that Jaguar virtually threw the sports car world into turmoil with its stunning XK120. Here was a car with incredible style and looks, a powerful six cylinder engine installed in an outstanding chassis and a remarkably low price – a quarter that of a V12 Ferrari with similar performance. The combination was unbeatable and without doubt the XK120 was an absolute milestone for both Jaguar and the motor industry as a whole. XK120 orders flooded in, ironic as it was designed as an interim model to publicise the XK engine for the new Mk VII saloon – Jaguar had only planned to produce around 200!
At the heart of the William Lyons styled roadster was that all-new 3,442cc twin overhead camshaft XK engine, producing 160bhp via twin SU carburettors – sufficient for 126mph and 0-60mph in 10.0 seconds. The XK120 became a massive success – both on the road and the track where it scored numerous victories in the hands of racing drivers such as Stirling Moss, Peter Walker, Peter Whitehead, Leslie Johnson and Ian Appleyard; indeed, in XK120C/C-Type form it won Le Mans in both 1951 and ‘53, while its engine was to power three more Sarthe winners.
The XK120 Fixedhead coupe was introduced in July 1951 for export markets and November 1951 for the home market. It was aimed further upmarket than the comparatively sparsely furnished roadster featuring decorative wood cappings and wooden dash. Produced in relatively small numbers, and featuring an extremely stylish roof line reminiscent of the Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, the fixedhead coupe is a much rarer motor car than the roadster and as such is highly prized by collectors.
This fine example from 1953 is described by the vendor as being in exceptional condition having undergone a thorough restoration. The paintwork has been refinished to a very high standard in a pale shade of metallic green and brightwork has been replaced. The interior has been comprehensively refurbished including reupholstered bucket seats and refinished decorative wood. The wiring harness has been replaced, the engine has been professionally rebuilt and a new exhaust fitted, while attention has also been paid to the transmission suspension and brakes.
This stunning XK120 coupe is supplied with a fresh MoT certificate, restoration invoices and heritage certificate from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust. A rare and beautiful motor car, this XK120 is described as being in excellent overall condition and will be a comfortable and reliable partner for continental touring or rallies.