1954 Jaguar XK120 FHC,
Lot 212
1954 Jaguar XK120SE Coupé S669195
Sold for £100,500 (US$ 168,922) inc. premium
Lot Details
1954 Jaguar XK120SE Coupé
Registration no. 306 XUE
Chassis no. S669195
Engine no. F3215-8S


  • Told by the post-war government to ‘export or die’, the British motor industry responded valiantly, none more so than Jaguar Cars, soon to become the UK’s biggest US-dollar earner thanks in no small measure to the success of its sensational XK120 sports car. Delays in the gestation of its MkVII saloon led to Jaguar exploring an alternative method of bringing the new XK 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine to public attention. The result was the fabulous XK120. Launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the stunning-looking roadster caused a sensation. Conceived in wartime, the XK engine embodied 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. When installed in the lightweight XK120, the result was a car with a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio and blistering performance. The ‘120’ referred to the car’s top speed, any doubts about the claim’s veracity being swiftly banished when a standard X120 roadster achieved a top speed of 126.4mph with hood and side-screens erected and 132.6mph minus its weather protection and equipped with an undertray! 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. 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.
    An example of the rarest of all XK120 variants, chassis number ‘S669195’ is one of only 194 right-hand drive fixed-head coupés made and the last of its type to be produced. Its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate records that the car - registered ‘GJL 300’ - was sold new via dealer Austin Munks, of Boston, Lincolnshire to one A Henshaw, of Mablethorpe. The car was the subject of a total restoration carried out between July 1996 and May 1997 by respected marque specialist, Nigel Dawes, who had bought it from Paul Foulkes. After completion the XK, still registered ‘GJL 300’, was sold via an intermediary to a collection in the USA, remaining in that country until 2007.
    Inspected and improved by marque specialists JD Classics, the car is presented today in very good/concours condition and represents a rare opportunity to acquire a fully restored XK120 with all numbers matching. ‘S669195’ has been refinished in its original Suede Green livery, with matching leather interior, and is offered with a photographic record of its restoration, MoT to April 2009 and Swansea V5 registration document. It is hoped that the original registration mark ‘ GJL 300’ will have been retrieved by time of sale.

Saleroom notices

  • The original registration no. 'GLJ 300' has not been retrieved by the vendor, but he informs us the JDC have verbally approved its application.