1953 Jaguar  XK120 Fixed-Head Coupe  Chassis no. 680162 Engine no. W6236-8
Lot 335
1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe Chassis no. 680162 Engine no. W6236-8
US$ 65,000 - 75,000
£39,000 - 45,000
Lot Details
1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe
Chassis no. 680162
Engine no. W6236-8
3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
150bhp at 5,400rpm
4-speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

-Largely original and preserved condition
-Matching numbers
-Delivered new to Los Angeles, California
-Wonderful example of Jaguar's elegant Fixed Head Coupe
-Offered with Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate

The Jaguar XK120

At the 1948 Motor Show Jaguar astonished the public by announcing a new two-seater roadster, the 'XK120'. The XK120 heralded the arrival of Jaguar's now legendary 3.4-liter twin-overhead-camshaft XK engine, intended for the Mark VII saloon, then two years away.

The XK120's styling and roadholding set new standards for British sports cars and, uniquely of the XK series, its name reflected the top speed. The car's instant success caught Jaguar by surprise. It was immediately obvious that the ash-framed alloy coachwork would have to go and the XK120 was re-engineered in steel after 240 cars had been completed. In 1951 the open two-seater model was joined by a extremely stylish Fixed Head Coupe version, and a Drophead Coupe followed in 1953. The XK120 was superseded by the XK140 in 1954, and later the XK150 until the arrival of the E-Type in 1961.

The Motorcar Offered

Arguably one of the most iconic and admired designs in history, the XK120 Fixed Head Coupe has always been one of the most sought after Jaguar road cars of the post war era. The largely original and preserved example offered here, was built at the Jaguar Works in October, 1953, and dispatched to its first owner, Mr. R.A Wagner of Los Angeles, California later that month. It was finished in the same tasteful livery as seen on the car today – Birch Grey over a Red Connolly leather interior with matching red carpets.

We understand that in the 1970s the car passed eastward to an enthusiast in Indiana where it resided unmolested for over 30 years. Upon the owner's passing the estate sold the car to a Mr. Radey of Canada, albeit briefly as the buyer's six foot plus frame was not well-suited to the compact interior, which led to the Jag returning to the U.S. to the collection of well-respected enthusiast, J. Morgan. From Morgan the car passed into the present ownership of a well-known Florida collector.

Offered for sale purely as a result of some rationalization within this collection, this presents an opportunity to acquire a lovely time-capsule Jaguar for your consideration. It appears the Jaguar has remained in good use and storage for the past decades, as close inspection will unveil original factory finish in many areas of the car. Shod on period correct, diagonal white-wall tires and outfitted with spats and the classic disc wheels, the XK120 Fixed Head Coupe looks like the Jaguar designers had intended them to. From a fine Floridian collection, this beautiful XK120 Fixed Head Coupe would be a great contender in preservation class showings, or simply a rolling sculpture suitable for any collection really.

Footnotes

  • Please note this car is titled under its engine number.
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