Lot 1928


1954 Jaguar XK120 - completely restored 2009/10
Reg. no. 682 XUW
Chassis no. 675846
Engine no. 308A28
The XK120 was unveiled at the 1948 London Motor Show; initially only intended as a testbed and promotion vehicle for the new six-cylinder XK engine, the prototype was so well received that William Lyons authorised production. Looking back 70 years, it is easy to see why the car caused such a stir – the British motorist of the time was presented for the most part with a rather uninspiring choice of re-hashed pre-war designs, a necessity in the hard years after the war but offering little in the way of performance, style or excitement. The XK120, with its sleek, low bodywork and 120mph top speed – or up to 135mph with the windscreen removed – must have seemed like a vision from an optimistic future. Unfortunately for the British buyer, much of the production was destined for the other side of the Atlantic, this being the era of ‘export or die’. However, when sold on the UK market, the XK120 proved to be just as popular as in the US, being significantly cheaper than most of its rivals while offering superior performance, indeed, at its launch it was the fastest production car in the world. After a production run of 12,055, the 120 was replaced by the 140 in 1954; this was an evolution rather than an entirely new car, proving again how right Jaguar had got the original 1948 design.
This superb left-hand-drive example dates from 1954, the last year of production, and comes with a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate stating this. In very good condition, it is understood by the vendor that the car was subject to a full nut-and-bolt restoration in 2009/10 in the UK. It comes with a V5c.

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