1953 Jaguar XK120 OTS RoadsterSOLD

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

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ESTIMATE: $80,000 - $100,000


$80,300 Sold

160bhp, 3,442cc, twin-overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

Jaguar founder and guiding spirit, William Lyons, used the hiatus in Jaguar production caused by the Second World War to encourage his engineers to design Jaguar’s first proprietary engine. What they created was a high-performance dual overhead camshaft engine that capitalized on Jaguar’s sporting image.

The engine had been completed well before the Mark V series saloons for which it was intended; Lyons took advantage of the situation and designed an open two-seat sports model to showcase the new XK-series engine. It was conceived as a low production roadster to demonstrate the XK’s performance and was clothed in hand-hammered aluminum body panels, with production of only 200 units planned.

The XK 120’s introduction at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show was a sensation, immediately overshadowing the sporting sedans that were Jaguar’s bread and butter. William Lyons, never one to miss a commercial opportunity, recognized the XK 120’s potential and commissioned tooling for steel bodywork so that the car could be produced in quantity.

Shortly thereafter, customers were swarming Jaguar showrooms, spellbound by the XK 120's combination of performance (at the time, it was the fastest production car in the world), compelling style and moderate cost.

The 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster pictured here is a spectacular two-owner vehicle. With no expense spared, the Jaguar was treated to a systematic nut and bolt, rotisserie restoration by the experts at JAG Enterprises. Upon disassembly it was revealed that the XK 120 was absolutely rust free, and being totally straight, had never suffered damage from collision. Even the slightest imperfections with the body were corrected with lead before the car was professionally refinished in British Racing Green using a urethane base coat/clear coat.

The engine, cylinder head, carburetors, transmission, rear differential, and all hydraulics were completely rebuilt. If new old stock parts were not available, the original parts were painstakingly rebuilt or restored.

The interior is beautifully finished with British Racing Green carpet and Biscuit colored leather. The top and side curtains were custom made from Haartz cloth by BAS and display a level of craftsmanship that is second to none.

Very few XK 120s were fitted with fender skirts, which makes this example, an original “spat” XK 120, particularly rare. Restored to uncompromised concours condition, this Jaguar will undoubtedly draw a great deal of attention, favorable comments and awards at any JNCA or British motor car event.

Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1952.

Reference Number 7387

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1953 Jaguar XK120 OTS Roadster
VIN 672536 
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