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, the many drivers including 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 and a whole host of Jaguars right up to the present day.
This absolutely stunning example in British Racing Green is a matching numbers car that has been the subject of a full frame off restoration. This included a new paint re spray, engine and gearbox rebuild and suspension to name a few items – all of which is documented in the file. The car was first delivered new on July 5th 1954 to California and the present owner acquired it in 1991. The car’s interior is luxuriously finished in tan/cognac leather. These cars are as elegant today as they always have been and represent all that was great about British Sports cars of the 1950s. This is one of the finest examples to come to the market place and also comes with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate.
Dieses absolut erstaunliche Stück in “British Racing Grün” mit übereinstimmenden Nummern, ist Gegenstand einer Restaurierung gewesen. Dies betraf u.a. Farbe, Aufarbeitung von Motor und Getriebe, und Fahrwerk – alles wurde genau dokumentiert. Das Auto wurde am 5. Juli 1954 nach Kalifornien ausgeliefert, und der jetzige Besitzer erwarb es im Jahr 1991. Das luxuriöse Interieur ist in cognacfarbenem Leder gefertig. Diese Art Autos sind heute noch genauso elegant, und repräsentieren all das Gute der britischen Sportwagen der 1950er Jahre. Dies ist eines der besten Beispiele des heutigen Marktes, und wird mit Jaguar Zertifikat übergeben.