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Lot 147: Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

From its launch at Earls Court in October 1948, Jaguar's XK120 has long been considered one of the most significant sports cars of the post war era. The sleek Lyons designed body clothing that glorious 3.4 litre straight six twin cam engine was, one could argue, always destined to be a monstrous success and must have created a sensation on the austere streets of a struggling post war Britain. Yet Jaguar only intended to build 200, a fact that today seems incredulous. With success on the track shortly to follow, orders for the new sportscar boomed. Jaguar accommodated the rising demand by introducing two new body styles in the course of the model's life, the first of which being the Fixed Head Coupe from 1951. Today this svelte sports coupe is regarded by many as the most stylish and attractive car in the whole range and one of the finest automotive shapes of all time. Supplied new in January 1954 by Henley's of London to Mr RG Lamont of Norwich, the Fixed Head Coupe (FHC) example on offer today is understand to have had only five previous owners in the last 54 years prior to the vendor acquiring the car in 2008. The car has recently been restored and several desirable upgrades were completed, including a high performance Jaguar 3.8 Litre engine with 9-1 pistons, high capacity oil and water pumps, upgraded head and SU 2 carburettors. Further modifications include adjustable sport bucket seats, uprated exhaust system and 5-Speed Getrag Gearbox. The body restoration used a majority of new panels from Jaguar Classic Parts and it was painted by Highstone Restorations Ltd / Guy Broad (Jaguar), with final modifications by Realm Engineering, three of the UK's leading restoration companies specializing in Jaguar's. The desired result of the work carried out was to create a car that could be driven over long distances on all major European tours and road events, whilst making sure that the character and integrity of the original car was kept. Complete with a history file containing the original registration book dated 1st January 1954, together with a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, this is a unique and wonderful example of the ultra-attractive XK120 FHC with the finest restoration, attractive and usable upgrades so as to enjoy the car to the full.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number147
Estimate£65000-£75000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1954
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Registration number450 AML
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Chassis number669094
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