1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Registration no. RVX 700
Chassis no. 660279
Engine no. A9791-7
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.
Dating from 1950, this XK120 is a very early steel-bodied example, the numbering sequence of right-hand drive chassis having commenced with 660059. The car previously was fitted with engine number W2912-7 but A9791-7 is currently installed. Previously owned by one Ruby Berry of Glastonbury in 1960 and next (from 1966) by Philip Loveless of Southover, Wells, the car was purchased locally by Barry in 1983 and is believed complete. Offered in need of restoration and sold strictly as viewed, it comes with old-style continuation logbook and Swansea V5. No reserve.