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.
This stunning XK120 Roadster was manufactured 11th of December 1952, soon thereafter despatched to the world-renowned Jaguar Importer Hornburg in Santa Monica and subsequently first registered in early 1953.
Imported back into the UK in 1986 and while in the ownership of a prominent privateer in the JDC world, the car was meticulously restored to its current superb condition. Its extensive history file contains a two-inch thick folder of invoices containing details of all work carried out since the 1980s.
More recently, the car has had a vast amount of mechanical work undertaken that included a complete engine rebuild and its only non-original, yet necessary modifications of the fitment of a Kenlow fan and E-type expansion tank. Thanks to these upgrades, the car is said to even handle rush-hour London traffic with ease!
Fitted with full weather equipment, matching numbers engine (W68968S), bell stainless exhaust system and thanks to its C-type cylinder head, this desirable XK120 SE is said to still produce 180hp comfortably, assisted by its higher-lift cams, larger exhaust valves and 1.9 compression.
Also included in the cars history file is its Jaguar Certificate of Authenticity, original workshop manual and handbook as well as an original Jaguar sales brochure. The chrome is said to be like new and its bodywork in first class order. Having covered only 600 miles since its most recent full service in August 2017 costing £1,800 where a new top and lower ball joints were also fitted, the car comes with a current MOT and radial tires in good order. ‘Simply stunning in all respects’