The Jaguar XK120 caused an absolute sensation when it was launched at the 1948 Motor Show. In the post war era of rationing and general austerity and hardship it came as a stunning vision of what the future might hold.
It was, without doubt, the most beautiful car in the world, and the fastest unsupercharged production sports model ever made up to that time. It’s claimed top speed of 120mph was so astonishing that to prove it Jaguar took one over to Belgium and clocked 132mph!
The response from the public at the Motor Show launch on 20th October 1948 caught Jaguar by surprise, and as orders poured in it was immediately obvious that the level of home and export demand could only be satisfied by moving from a lightweight alloy-bodied ash frame construction to tooling up for volume production in steel. This took time to achieve and the first 57 right hand drive cars, and 183 left-hand drive cars, were hand-produced in lightweight aluminium alloy.
The example offered today is beautifully presented in new gleaming black paintwork with lovely new burgundy red hide upholstery. Ready for the next European tour or countryside jaunt, this recently restored XK120 has benefitted from a total body off restoration with work to the suspension, brakes and engine all being carried out with a repaint in black with a new interior in burgundy, photographs of the restoration are included in the cars history file.
This car offers it’s next discerning owner a fantastic British sports car that should continue to prove to be a great investment in years to come, as well as being a brilliant driver’s car. Not one to be missed.
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