1954 Jaguar XK120 OTS RoadsterSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $70,000-$90,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $77,000

Specifications:
160hp, 3,442 cc, twin overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension with rear leaf springs and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

Jaguar traces its beginnings in the 1920s to the Swallow Coachbuilding Co., an English firm whose first cut at a sports car was labeled the SS (for Swallow Sidecar, one of its other products), and in 1931 the company name changed to SS Cars Ltd. With enthusiastic reception of the low-cut, high-performing SS100 two-seater model in the mid-1930s, came the name Jaguar and trademark hood ornament of the lunging jungle cat.

After World War II, the company name changed to Jaguar Cars Ltd., and soon it brought forth a new 160 horsepower, 3.4-liter double-overhead camshaft straight six with seven main bearings, hemispherical combustion chambers and an aluminum head. Basically, the DOHC engine was developed as a modern replacement for the 125 horsepower, 3.5-liter overhead-valve straight six in the distinctive Mark IV Drophead and Saloon models with their oversized Lucas headlamps, vertical grilles and swooping fenders.

To show off this new engine, Jaguar created a one-of-a-kind roadster for the 1948 Earl ’ s Court Motor Show. Labeled the XK 120, it created such a sensation that it was put into limited production and promoted by demonstrations of its true 120 mph plus speed and excellent handling in various performance events.

American buyers, especially in New York and California, snapped up the new XK 120s as fast as they could be imported. By 1951, Jaguar had added both a fixed head coupe and racing “ C ” specification versions but the $4,039 roadster remained the most popular. Buyers had a choice of wire or steel disc wheels, and when fitted with the latter, the real wheel cuts were enclosed with attractive spats, augmenting the aerodynamic appearance. Approximately 1,700 new Jaguars were sold in the U. S. in 1951, including both XK 120 and Mark VII saloon models.

The 1951 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster presented here in dark purple with a dark red leather interior was the recipient of a high quality and very correct frame-off restoration.

The Jaguar retains its original 3.4-liter engine, and with 2,092 miles on the odometer it has been exercised sparingly since completing the restoration. Desirable features on this XK 120 Roadster include disc wheels with wide whitewall tires, side curtains, the correct (not reproduction) toolkit, a spare tire and jack.

Reference Number 10117

as of 6/1/2007

Overview
Car 1954 Jaguar XK120 OTS Roadster
VIN 671349 
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