1949 Jaguar XK 120 roadster aluminium260.000-320.000 EUR - Estimate

1949á Jaguar XK 120 roadster aluminium

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Chassis n░ 670059
Engine n░ W 1112-8

- Rare aluminium version
- Superb older restoration
- Original engine
- Sublime original colour

Reference Number 618229

as of 7/6/2020

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Car 1949 Jaguar XK 120 roadster aluminium
VIN 670059 
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Known History

The Jaguar XK 120 caused a sensation when first unveiled at the London Motor Show in 1948. Its sleek shape was unlike anything seen before and it boasted a performance that dominated the road. The example on offer dates from 1949 and was the 59th aluminium-bodied roadster of 148 left-hand drive examples built. The model's immediate success led William Lyons and his team to switch to the use of pressed steel in order to achieve a production rate able to deal with the higher than expected demand. There were around 200 aluminium examples built, left and right-hand drive together, before the switch to steel.

This roadster left the factory on 16 December 1949 to be delivered in January 1950 in Canada, via the distributor in Toronto, James L. Cooke Motors. It still has its original matching numbers engine today, the 3.4-litre version of the celebrated 6-cylinder twin-cam unit, the first in a glorious line that would power subsequent race cars to victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. This stunning roadster was completely restored in the 1990s and remains in remarkably well-preserved condition today. Details of the restoration can be found in the file of photographs. Following restoration, the car took part in major American rallies such as the Colorado Grand. Rare and beautiful, it is presented in the original colour scheme of burgundy with red and tan interior. This combination accentuates the fluid lines of the car with rear-wheel spats made possible by the use of steel wheels, as originally.

Bought by the current owner just over five years ago, this car comes with a Jaguar Heritage certificate confirming its authenticity. This is a rare aluminium version of the Jaguar XK 120, a model that goes back to the start of a fantastic adventure that catapulted the British marque to the highest echelons of motor racing and sport.