1950 Jaguar XK120 OTS RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $70,000-$90,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $82,500

Specifications:
160hp 3442 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: 96"

The British automotive industry was greatly influenced by World War II. Many manufacturers went out of business due to the lack of funds, fuel and supply shortages, or their factories had been destroyed during the war. In order to stay in business, automotive manufacturers needed a solid line that could compete within its class. William Lyons, owner of Jaguar, did so by creating a new class - one that was faster, more reliable, better looking and less expensive than any comparable vehicle on the market.

To gain industry recognition, Lyons knew that he needed a show car that was revolutionary and bold. Lyons handled the styling while his chief engineer, William Heynes, was tasked with designing the mechanical components. When the vehicle was displayed at Earls Court, the reaction was overwhelming. The Jaguar XK120 was designed to be a prestigious vehicle and production was to remain low in numbers. Originally, Lyons planned to make between 100 and 200 examples. After the public reaction to the car, and to keep up with demand, he decided to change the body from hand-formed aluminum to all-steel construction.

The designation '120' represented the vehicle ĺ s top speed, 120 miles-per-hour which made it at the time of introduction the fastest production car in the world.

The body of the car was reminiscent to the 'French Curves' produced by manufacturers such as Bugatti and Delahaye of the 1930s. They were created in three different body styles: roadster, fixed head, and drop head.

The XK120 displayed here has benefited from a complete restoration to the high quality standards. It is finished in red with the correct tan Connolly leather interior and comes complete with the correct steel wheels and fender spats, as was standard on the early models. Also, the original engine is fitted with a stainless steel exhaust system.

A fantastic example, this XK 120 would perfectly complement the desires of any collector seeking the rewards of owning a highly original example of the postwar Jaguar that re-wrote the rules for production sports cars.

Reference Number 11207

as of 7/14/2007

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Car 1950 Jaguar XK120 OTS Roadster
VIN W18608 
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