Conceived and constructed in but a few months, the XK120 debuted at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show where the stunning-looking roadster caused a sensation, the resulting demand for what was then the worlds fastest production car taking Jaguar by surprise. It was immediately obvious that the slow-to-produce alloy bodywork would have to go, and the car was swiftly re-engineered in steel. The work of Jaguar boss William Lyons himself and one of the most beautiful shapes ever to grace an automobile, the body was conceived as a coachbuilt aluminium structure for the simple reason that Jaguar expected to sell no more than 200 XK120s in the first year! The cars heart was, of course, the fabulous XK engine, a 3.4-litre six embodying the best of modern design, boasting twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminium-alloy cylinder head, seven main bearings and a maximum output of 160bhp. The XK120 set new standards of comfort, roadholding and performance for British sports cars and, in keeping with the Jaguar tradition, there was nothing to touch it at the price. Coupé and drophead coupé versions followed, and for customers who found the standard car too slow, there was the Special Equipment (SE) package which boosted power to 180bhp. With either engine and regardless of the type of bodywork, the XK120 was a genuine 120mph car capable of sustained high-speed cruising. Owned all its life within Wiltshire, this wonderful XK120 was acquired by its recently deceased owner in 1965 and comes with old-style buff logbook. The accompanying Heritage Certificate reveals that the car was originally silver, while paperwork on file suggest that the re-spray in British Racing Green was carried out in 1974. Heavily Waxoyled, the chassis has been preserved in superb condition, while the engine starts on the button and displays 60psi oil pressure once warmed up. There are no knocks, rattles or smoke and the detail finish is good. We are advised that the gearbox selects all forward gears and reverse, and that the rear axle exhibits neither knocking nor free play. A well preserved, original XK120 in nicely patinated condition, the car is offered with the aforementioned old-style logbook and Heritage Certificate, current road fund licence, MoT to 29th March 2008 and Swansea V5 registration document.