Concours prize winning
1952 Jaguar XK120 OTS
Chassis no. 671555
Engine no. W3656-8
The Jaguar XK 120 OTS offered here left Coventry on September 13, 1951 bound for the American market where it was titled in Pennsylvania on January 29, 1952. Close inspection of the car today shows that it must have been a transitional example as it features the usual hallmarks of the early production 120s including a chrome fender mounted parking lights, a chrome hood prop, a chrome trunk prop, a chrome top frame, a fixed rear window in the top and an ENV rear differential; and yet, the car also has painted seat frames, a trait of the later production cars.
The car was acquired by the consignor in 1995 as a very solid survivor. At the time of purchase, the body was largely rust-free, but little of the original interior remained and the engine was due for a major overhaul. Consequently a total ground-up restoration of the roadster was completed by Tom Reinsmith of Precision Imports in Emmaus, PA just in time for the Jaguar Club of North America Biennial meet in August, 1997. The work was meticulously carried out to ensure that the car presented was correct, show-worthy and drivable. Great lengths were taken to preserve as many of the original bolts with their distinct manufacturer marks as possible, the suspension was power coated, the exhaust system stainless steel, the brakes were all contour ground to maximize stopping power, and even the door hinges were rebuilt to assure solid fit and long lasting use. The paint was redone in the original silver by Precision Motor Cars in Allentown, PA.
Upon completion, the Jaguar began a series of entries in Concours events. It scored a 99.97 at the JCNA meet in 1997 and in the following year achieved an even higher mark of 99.98 at a Regional meet. That same year, in 1998, the car won its AACA senior first place badge. Awards followed in 1999 at, fittingly, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance where it won Best Sports Car post-WWII Concours Europa and its class, later that year at the Radnor Hunt Concours it achieved Best English car pre-1965. In 2000, it attained Grand National status and won an Amelia Award at the Amelia Island Concours.
Accompanying the Jaguar is the correct tool kit, jack, grease gun and side curtains. Importantly, its Heritage Certificate is also included and verifies its matched engine status.
The car has only accumulated some 1600 miles since restoration, but was fully serviced on a regular basis to maintain its turnkey ability and is reported to be a very strong runner and a joy to drive. A proven show winner, this British Roadster is sure to delight its next owner on and off the Concours field.