For Sale: 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixedhead Coupe

1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixedhead Coupe

Price: £28,000.00

Added: Monday 30th

Contact: Coys [auction]

Phone: 020 8614 7888

Location: Richmond, Surrey

Category: Jaguars » Sports » XK120, XK140, XK150


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 Jaguar XK120 was an absolute milestone for both Jaguar and the motor industry as a whole. 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.

To further push the performance point home, in October 1948, with an aeroscreen and aluminium undershield the only modifications, an XK120 recorded 132.6mph for the flying mile in Jabekke, Belgium, making it indisputably the fastest off-the-shelf production car in the world. The XK120 was also endowed with fine roadholding, its steel body - the originally planned limited production run used alloy bodies - clothing a shortened Mk.V chassis employing independent torsion bar/wishbone front suspension and a semi-elliptic leaf-sprung rear axle, while brakes were all round drums. 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 1953 while its engine was to power three more La Sarthe winners and a whole host of Jaguars right up to the present day.

Originally exported from Browns Lane directly to California, this extremely well presented Jaguar has benefited from the weather on the West Coast. Restored in 1990 in America to a high standard, this elegantly painted and completely original fixed head coupe has had attention paid to the engine, body and interior fittings as close inspection will attest. The vendor is keen to point out that there is ‘no rust’ present and additional upgrades include a new wiring loom and stainless steel exhaust system. Brought to Belgium in 1995 and then to France in 2006, this EU registered coupe is sympathetically restored and well presented. The colour scheme alone is excellent and this true driver’s car will only continue to please.

Auction guide price: €42,000 to €50,000

Auction date: Saturday, 11th August 2007

Auction location: Nürburgring, Germany

Auctioneer: Coys

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