The Property of Fred Mack, sole owner since new
1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Chassis no. 674111
Engine no. W 9122-8
3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU carburetors
180bhp at 5,300rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension, Rear Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
*Believed to be the longest Jaguar ownership of all 60 years
*Offered with original guarantee and letter from Lyons
*Original tool roll included
*Excellent model for rallies and tours
*One of the fastest sports cars of its day
The Jaguar XK120
"We claimed 120 mph (for the XK 120), a speed unheard of for a production car in those days" - William Heynes, Chief Engineer, Jaguar Cars.
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 world's fastest production car taking Jaguar by surprise.
The XK120's heart was, of course, the fabulous XK engine; a 3.4-liter 'six' embodying the best of modern design, it boasted twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminum-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.
The Motorcar Offered
There can be few gentlemen of 102 years of age that are spritely as Fred Mack. In 2006 he celebrated his 95th Birthday by skydiving, and enjoyed the experience so much that two years ago as he 'turned the ton' he did it again! Today, he lives in Newtown Square in Pennsylvania, but he has lived in various states on the Eastern seaboard and over the course of more than a century he feels he can record having driven through 46 of the U.S. States he estimates having covered more than three million miles "mostly at top speed," in some eighteen automobiles that he has owned since his teens.
Having been schooled at the New York University Guggenheim School of Aeronautics, his career path saw him work for a whole host of aviation and aircraft engineering companies, including Seversky, Brewster, Curtiss, Glenn L. Martin and Piasecki Helicopters among others. Roughly forty percent of his way through his life he took a job with the Otis Elevator Company advising them on the design of airplane structure, which necessitated a move to New York City. There for the first time he saw and sat in a Jaguar XK120 in the New York showroom close to Fifth Avenue, and while it created the desire to own one, this was a pipe dream at that time. A solid wage increase with his move to Piasecki, combined with an increasing interest, shared by his first wife, in SCCA events turned that dream to a reality. One day, at a Rose Tree Car Club event in Media, Pennsylvania a sports car dealer approached him saying that he wanted to sell Jaguars, but needed to order three to be granted that option. Mack promptly ordered one with him, choosing the scheme of the car he'd sat in before, Slate Grey with a red interior and chrome wire wheels. The dealer was able to get it for him for $3,600 instead of the going rate of $4,400. He still has the Jaguar sales sheet where he worked out the calculations, which is on file! When he went to collect his new car from Hoffman's Importers, it was white with red interior and had painted wires, the dealer explaining that he felt this was better suited to him!
From that day in 1953, the car has very much been part of his life. In the early 1990s after a period of storage, when the car had sat under a plastic cover and its paint had lifted, Mr. Mack decided to refurbish the XK. After an arduous battle with a restorer, the car emerged with new paint, and a renewed interior.
The Jaguar was ready in time for Fred to take it to a Franklin Mint show in 1999 and at the age of 91 for him to drive a 250 mile round trip to his Wyoming Seminary reunion in Kingston, Pennsylvania. A few years later at his 95th birthday the Jaguar Club gave him a party. Today at the car's ripe age of 60 years, with continuous ownership from new, perhaps the celebration should be for the car as it's unlikely that any Jaguar has been owned so long anywhere in the country, or even the world and it has been acknowledged as such.
Now lightly aged from its post cosmetic restoration use, it has recently been serviced prior to the sale. Accompanying it are its original tool roll and a guarantee statement dated August 8th, 1953. Together with these is a charming personalized letter from Jaguar Cars Ltd. dated a few months after he received the car thanking him for his purchase and reminding him that their client service doesn't end at that point, signed by William Lyons. In terms of provenance, it doesn't get much better than that.