1955 Jaguar XK120 DHC ConvertibleSOLD

Beautifully Restored and Detailed Drop Head Coupe

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1953 Jaguar XK 120 Drophead Coupe
s/n 677447 Head no. W8893-8
British Racing Green with Biscuit Interior

Following World War II, the economically battered United Kingdom staggered back into the global industrial market by hurriedly rushing warmed over prewar cars into production. Thus, the entirely new and thoroughly modern XK 120 was a genuinely earth-shattering car, a truly contemporary and avant-garde car to boost the morale of Britons, and demonstrate to the world the resiliency of the United Kingdom. Introduced in 1948 as a concept car to showcase Jaguar`s remarkable new twin-cam inline-6 cylinder engine, the XK 120 was never intended to go into full scale production. However, its breathtaking, swoopy, and beautiful styling as well as its genuine 120 mph performance (not to mention the surprisingly affordable price) captured the imagination of the public, and the largely hand-built aluminum-bodied car was rushed into limited production. Jaguar was selling as many as they could make, so the car was reengineered as necessary to switch to mass production with steel bodies. Though the roadster was the first model, the drophead coupe preserved the open air experience, but added the convenience and luxury of wood dashboard and door caps, windup windows, external door handles, quarter windows, and proper insulated top.

This particular car is beautifully presented in the quintessential colors. It has a wonderful elegant period feel thanks to its steel wheels and full rear spats. It has been comprehensively restored, though it was an extremely nice car even before that. It was owned by a Jaguar Club North America Concours judge, and earned 2nd in its class with a score of 9.910 BEFORE being restored. It was shown again after the restoration and scored 9.981. More recently, the car has been treated to a full tune, including the installation of various seals, gaskets, adjustment of carburetors, and the adjustment of fuel mixture. A new vacuum advance was also installed, and the dwell and timing set. A compression check was also done revealing compression between 135 and 155 pounds on all six cylinders.

Cosmetically, the car is beautiful. The paint is high quality with no surface imperfections or prep issues. There are almost no blemishes or damage, and the panels are very straight. The gaps are very good to excellent throughout. The chrome is extremely nice too, with only very light pitting upon careful scrutiny in a few areas. A pair of auxiliary Lucas lamps is installed. The glass and lights are excellent as well.

The interior has been comprehensively restored as well and is beautifully set off by the wood door and dashboard, which are extremely lustrous and free from warping or cracking. The leather and carpets are very nice as well, and the instruments and switches were well-restored too. The top was also restored fits well.

The trunk and engine compartment are both extremely clean and well-detailed. The original glass washer bottle is still installed, and the wiring harness retains the correct fabric insulation and color coding. The level of fit and finish is very high, and an electric fan has been added to aid cooling. The trunk contains a beautiful pair of fitted suitcases upholstered in tan leather to match the interior.

The underside was included in the restoration and is in spectacular nearly spotless condition. It is not only very clean but also extremely well-detailed. There are no signs whatsoever of corrosion or damage.

With this example comes new reproduction fitted luggage, period jack, and spare wheel and tire.



Reference Number 17479

as of 1/3/2008

Overview
Car 1955 Jaguar XK120 DHC Convertible
VIN 677447 
Exterior / Interior Color      British Racing Green /      Tan 
Mileage 6,742 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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