1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8
Lot 122
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8
Sold for €109,250 (US$ 128,980) inc. premium

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1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 671084 Engine no. W2345-8
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Chassis no. 671084
Engine no. W2345-8
'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. 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!
Its stunning appearance notwithstanding, the XK120 was conventional enough beneath the skin, being built on a separate chassis featuring independent front suspension by means of wishbones and torsion bars, a live rear axle and drum brakes all round. The car's heart was, of course, the fabulous XK engine. Conceived in wartime and intended for Jaguar's post-war range-topping saloon, the 3.4-litre six embodied 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. When installed in the lightweight XK120, the result was a car with a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio and blistering performance.

The XK120 set new standards of comfort, roadholding and performance for British sportscars and in keeping with the Jaguar tradition there was nothing to touch it at the price. Coupe and drophead coupe versions followed, and for customers who found the standard car too slow, there was the Special Equipment package which boosted power from 160 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.

An ex-California 'matching numbers' car, this XK120 roadster was imported into the Netherlands in 1996 and completely restored over the course of the next 19 years, the work being completed in 2015. Finished in grey with red leather interior, the car is described by the vendor as in very good condition and offered with a US Certificate of Title.

Ancien résidant de Californie, ce roadster à « numéros concordants » a été importé aux Pays-Bas en 1996 et complètement restauré au cours des 19 dernières années, le travail ayant été achevé en 2015. Gris avec intérieur en cuir rouge, la voitures est décrite par le vendeur comme étant en très bon état général et est vendue avec un certificat de titre américain.
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