1950 Jaguar XK120 Period Competition Roadster 

RHD

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This fabulous racing XK120 boasts an extensive period competition history that spans over a decade from the early 1950s through to the 1960s in addition to more recent successful appearances at the Mille Miglia.
Constructed in late 1950 this original RHD roadster was registered LOB908 in January of 1951 and delivered via P J Evans, the famous Birmingham distributors, to Geoff Mansell, a well-known local competitor. Mansell had initially started out in trials and rallying but moved onto hill climbing and circuit racing, often teaming up with other Midlands-based drivers such as Lew Tracey and Denis O’M Taylor. Mansell wasted no time in putting LOB908 into action with an appearance at Prescott in June of 1951 and two meetings at Silverstone in August and September where he finished 4th on both occasions. He returned to hill climbing for latter part of 1951 with further appearances at Prescott and at Shelsley Walsh.
The beginning of the 1952 season saw Mansell venturing a little further afield with an entry at Castle Combe in April before more hill climbing and circuit racing at Prescott and Silverstone over the summer. This pattern was to be repeated in 1953 and early in 1954 with the odd minor sprint and speed trail also featuring in his calendar. During Mansell’s tenure of ownership the car remained in very standard trim with the exception of aero-screens, which were fitted for circuit events, but by 1956 Mansell had commissioned an HWM (XPA748) and the XK had been acquired by Robin Sturgess who began a program of upgrading the car to keep it competitive in the face of newer machinery. In addition to tuning the engine and improving the brakes he also fitted a lightweight Perspex wrap-around screen and re-painted the car Red from its original Pastel Blue Metallic. Sturgess, of the famous Leicester Jaguar dealership, was a very capable driver and campaigned LOB908 with some success over the next two years. At his hands the XK120 made its first appearances at Brands Hatch and Aintree as well as at the more local Silverstone circuit. By 1959 Sturgess had proved his ability and set his sights on a faster car, eventually buying the ex-works C-Type from Mike Salmon, himself a former XK120 driver. LOB908’s racing career did not end here however and it subsequently found its way to Graham Williams, a Welsh racer who had links with the RISCA Garages team. Williams had the engine further uprated with a gas-flowed head and the block bored out to 3.8 Litres. In this form he campaigned the car at many Bentley & Jaguar Drivers Club meetings, again mainly at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. Reunited with the car at XK60, Williams recalled to a previous owner that on one Boxing Day meeting at Brands Hatch he had competed against Graham Hill and even met Steve McQueen in the paddock at another event. While not racing he used the car as his daily driver and even took it on his honeymoon, although unfortunately picking up a parking ticket on his wedding night.
Like many XKs of the period LOB908 had by this time become a little tired and by the mid-1960s had been sold off, eventually finding its way to France. Repatriated in the mid-2000s it passed through the hands of few well-known collectors before being acquired by JD Classics in 2008 and restored to racing / rallying condition. 2009 saw the return of LOB908 to competition with appearances at the Silverstone Classic and the Algarve Historic Festival at Portimao. These were followed up with entries in the Mille Miglia in 2013, where it was driven by Andy Wallace and Sir Chris Hoy as part of the Jaguar Heritage Racing team, and 2014, successfully finishing on both occasions.
Recently reacquired by JD Classics this well-campaigned Jaguar has recently received a full refresh and now presents wonderfully in the classic colours of British Racing Green with Black interior. It is ready to race or rally and features a full competition engine, 2 inch sandcast carburettors, competition gearbox, competition suspension and competition exhaust system. All the mechanicals, suspension and wiring are to current FIA specification and the car comes with a detachable roll cage, aero-screens, FIA HTP papers and a fabulous history file. Furthermore it comes with the correctly numbered early engine block which matches the factory build sheet. An excellent opportunity to acquire a period competition roadster which is eligible for all major events including the Mille Miglia.
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Partial Competition History
Period history
1951
June 16th
Prescott
Driver: G Mansell
 
August 11th
Silverstone
Driver: G Mansell
Position: 4th
 
September 1st
Silverstone
Driver: G Mansell
Position: 4th
 
September 9th
Prescott
Driver: G Mansell
 
September 20th
Shelsley Walsh
Driver: G Mansell
 
September 22nd
Prescott
Driver: G Mansell
 
1952
April 12th
Castle Combe
Driver: G Mansell
 
August 10th
Prescott
Driver: G Mansell
 
September 6th
Silverstone
Driver: G Mansell
 
September 14th
Prescott
G Mansell
 
1953
April 25th
Castle Combe
Driver: G Mansell
 
June 27th
Silverstone
Driver: G Mansell
 
September 5th
Silverstone
Driver: G Mansell
Position: 5th (Race 1), 4th (Race 2), 3rd (Formula Libre Race)
 
1954
August 29th
Shelsley Walsh
Driver: G Mansell
 
1956-1959
The car was bought by Robin Sturgess in 1956 and was raced extensively over the next three years at circuits including Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Aintree. The car was also raced against Albert Powell at this time. During these three years the car was re-painted red.
 
1958
October 4th
Silverstone
Driver: R Sturgess
 
Date TBC
Shelsley Walsh
Driver: R Sturgess
 
Date TBC
Silverstone
Driver: R Sturgess
 
1959
April 25th
Brands Hatch
Driver: R Sturgess
 
September 26th
Driver: R Sturgess
 
1960 – 1962
The vehicle was sold to a Mr Graham Williams, who raced it extensively during his ownership at circuits such as Brands Hatch and Silverstone.
 
1960
July 30th
Silverstone
Driver: G Williams
 
September 10th
Silverstone
Driver: G Williams
 
1961
August 5th
Silverstone
Driver: G Williams
 
September 9th
Silverstone
Driver: G Williams
 
December 26th
Brands Hatch
Driver: G Williams
 
Modern period
2009
July 27th
Silverstone Classic
Driver: N Jarvis
 
October 16th – 18th
Portimao
Driver: N Jarvis
 
2013
May 16th-19th
Mille Miglia
Drivers: A Wallace and Sir C Hoy (with Jaguar Heritage Racing)
 
2014
May 15th – 18th
Mille Miglia
Drivers: Dr S Rybczynski and M Stohr

Reference Number 507551

as of 2/7/2018

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