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Lot 321: Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

It was at the 1948 London Motor Show that Jaguar virtually 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, ironic 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 that 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.

Coys are proud to present this rare matching numbers XK120 roadster in highly original condition. To find such a vehicle untouched in thirty five years is a rare find indeed. Having been taken off the road in 1976, 674909 was barn stored in Pennsylvania, U.S.A, until being discovered earlier this year. It was subsequently bought by the current owner and repatriated back to the UK.

Complete with matching engine block, head and gearbox, this XK120 would make an ideal project for the winter months. In surprisingly complete condition, any new owner would find a restoration a relatively straight forward process. It can not be exaggerated that this car is an important find and with time and attention can be back on the open road after a significant period of time in hibernation.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
TypeCar
Lot Number321
Estimate£12000-£20000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£16467
Year1954
Condition rating5
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Chassis number674909
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