1952 Jaguar XK120 RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: £30000 - £40000

Sold: £40750

t was at the 1948 London Motor Show that Jaguar 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, ironically 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 the 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 fabulous XK120 Roadster was manufactured in 1952 and is finished in white with a red leather interior. The car underwent a full photographic restoration with the vendor informing us that the car remains in very good condition. The red interior is original and all the better for it, as it showing a nice patina.

The engine is described as being in good order and the brakes have been up rated to bring the car to a more reassuring halt. Supplied with a large file of bills, a V5 document. Today’s example was once owned by businessman Eddie Shah who formed the Today newspaper. This iconic British sports car is in great condition and ready to be enjoyed on balmy summer days or even as an alternative investment opportunity.

Reference Number 39608

as of 2/27/2009

Car 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
VIN 660951 
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