1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster
Chassis no. S675542
Engine no. F3044-8S
3,442cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine
Triple SU carburetors
220bhp (est.) at 5,300rpm
Four-speed manual transmission
Independent wishbone front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
*Single owner from 1957 to 2010
*Outfitted with triple carbs and other speed equipment when new by its first owner
*A Northeastern car from new
The XK120 debuted at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, where the stunning-looking roadster caused a sensation. In May 1949, on the Jabbeke to Aeltre autoroute, an example with its hood and side screens in place recorded speeds of 126mph and 132mph with the hood and windscreen detached and an under-tray fitted. 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
Built on May 6th, 1954 and dispatched a week later, this XK120 was delivered new through Max Hoffmans New York dealership to Litchfield, Connecticut gentleman racer and life-long sportscar enthusiast Philip Axel Litchfield. A serious enthusiast, Litchfield ordered the car with the Special Equipment package that added an extra 20bhp; but being a fierce competitor who often went wheel-to-wheel with the likes of Bob Sharp and other up-and-coming racers at his local track in Lime Rock, more power was needed. A competition intake manifold was acquired from the factory onto which a triple SU carburetor set up was attached. Beyond the hotter specification provided by the C-Type heads that came with the SE package, the compression ratio was bumped to 10:1, Iskenderian racing cams were fitted, dual-point ignition was installed, and the fuel pump was replaced with a high-flow unit.
The very swift Jag provided three happy years of racing for Mr. Litchfield before he focused his attention on a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing that was sitting in Foreign Cars of Rocklands showroom. William Genader of Butler, New Jersey, a 22-year-old enthusiast had fancied the hot Jag, and when Litchfield traded it on the 300SL in 1957, Genader swooped in and bought is straight away on October 21, 1957. Genader drove the car until his growing family became too much of a priority, at which point it was put away in his garage. By the early 90s, with the kids grown up, the XK was brought back into the sun for a three-year restoration that maintained all of the original speed equipment that the car had always had, as well as its original color scheme. Upon completion, Genader and his wife drove the car to Mr. Litchfields home for a memorable reunion. Genader would keep the XK120 until his death in 2010.
The restoration still shows well and evidences the careful attention to originality taken when it was done some 20 years ago. Thoroughly documented, voluminous records and photos accompany the car today along with its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. Showing some 47,300 miles today and having had only two private ownersone of whom kept the car for 53 yearsit would be an understatement to say that this is one of the finer XK120s out there. Reported to be a strong runner and a good driver; it appears today much as it did when Phillip Litchfield was rocketing it down the No Name Straight at Lime Rock Park in the early 1950s.
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