Lot 2132


1951 Jaguar XK120
Reg. no. VDR 120
Chassis no. 660545
Engine no. W2826.7
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.
This is a very early XK120, the 545th right hand drive car supplied out of a total of 1,112. These early cars differed slightly in having separate chrome sidelights, no side vents and \'stubless\' cam covers at the front. Finished in its original colour of bronze with a two tone tan interior, VDR 120 is set up for fast road use with a straight port head and two inch diameter carburettors. It is offered here with full weather equipment in good all round condition, following an older restoration about 20 years ago. There is a V5c.

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