1954 Jaguar XK120 OTS Roadster SESOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $80,000 - $100,000

$90,720 Sold

180hp, 3,442 cc twin overhead cam, inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

When the XK 120 was introduced to the general public in 1948 at the Earl ’ s Court Motor Show, it caused a sensation that rippled throughout the motor industry. The car was seen as quite a departure from the sporting sedans Jaguar was known for, and overnight the Jaguar name was redefined. Ever since, the Jaguar marque has been associated with elegant sports cars.

The car ’ s combination of elegant lines and stunning performance made it the object of desire for a great many motoring enthusiasts. In fact, when first introduced, the XK 120 was the fastest production car in the world.

To maintain the XK 120 ’ s competitive edge, a series of mechanical upgrades were introduced throughout its production run. One of the most desirable upgrades arrived in 1953. It took the form of the XK 120SE, a modified car that utilized “ Special Equipment ” to set itself apart. This impressive package included wire wheels, dual exhausts and a cylinder head from the mighty C-Type race car. The result of these modifications was a 20 horsepower rise to 180, and a spectacular 203 foot-pounds of torque.

The 1954 Jaguar XK 120SE pictured here was purchased new by Charles E. Gifford of Burbank, California in January 1954. The car was then sold to Jon Canepa Jr. of Saratoga, California, where it was accurately restored between 1969 and 1971. Upon completion, the Jaguar was first shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d ’ Elegance in 1972 where it was awarded a Second in Class. The following summer, the car, with only 38,734 original miles registered on the odometer and in pristine condition, was purchased by Walter Hill for his collection. With the XK 120SE, Hill won Best in Show at an AACA South Florida Regional meet in 1974. After the show, the Jaguar was stored in a climate-controlled environment as part of the Hill collection until it was sold to the current owner in August of 2005.

After acquiring the car, the current owner had the engine, brakes, cooling system and instruments rebuilt and put a fresh set of tires on the Jaguar. Having only been driven test miles since its mechanical restoration, the XK 120SE has driven less than 20 miles since 1973. Included in the sale is a set of tools, a jack and handle, the owner ’ s manual and a Jaguar certificate of authenticity.

Reference Number 6357

as of 1/21/2007

Car 1954 Jaguar XK120 OTS Roadster SE
VIN S 674498 
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