The first left-hand drive,1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 677001 Engine no. W-7036-8

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Lot 207
The first left-hand drive, 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé
Registration no. NWY 790 Chassis no. 677001 Engine no. W-7036-8

Sold for £ 56,500 (US$ 70,254) inc. premium
The first left-hand drive
1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé
Registration no. NWY 790
Chassis no. 677001
Engine no. W-7036-8

Footnotes

  • 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. 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. Coupé and Drophead Coupé versions followed, and for customers who found the standard car too slow, there was the Special Equipment package that 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.
    Chassis number ‘677001’ is the first left-hand drive production XK120 drophead coupé manufactured, and was completed at the Browns Lane factory on 29th January 1953. This model is the rarest of the three XK120 variants (only 1,769 drophead coupés were built compared with 7,631 roadsters and 2,678 fixed-head coupés) and represents Jaguar’s classic XK sports car in its early, purest form. This particular car was delivered via the Hornburg Jaguar dealership on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, USA having been registered ‘NWY 790’ in the UK prior to despatch in April 1953. Re-imported to the UK in 1978, it had enjoyed only one previous owner in this country before being acquired by the current vendor in 1988. A very original car retaining matching numbers, ‘NWY 790’ has been treated to a long-term, bare metal restoration while in the vendor’s hands, a process that took from 1988 to 2000. The vendor advises us that original parts were refurbished and reused wherever possible during the car’s professional restoration by a specialist company. Mick Turley was entrusted with re-trimming the interior and hood, using the original frame for an excellent fit, while refurbishment of the wood veneers was carried out by a Rolls-Royce craftsman. A new fuel tank and sensor were fitted, as well as a new stainless-steel exhaust system. A jack and set of rear wheel spats is included in the sale, although the latter are neither painted nor fitted.
    Regularly used and reliable, ‘NWY 790’ was driven to the Le Mans Classic event in 2006 and is presented in very good/excellent condition in every respect, having been kept inside a Carcoon. The car is offered with sundry restoration invoices; a quantity of expired MoTs; assorted restoration photographs; MoT/road fund licence to August 2009; and Swansea V5 registration document.
The first left-hand drive,1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 677001 Engine no. W-7036-8
The first left-hand drive,1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 677001 Engine no. W-7036-8
The first left-hand drive,1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 677001 Engine no. W-7036-8
The first left-hand drive,1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 677001 Engine no. W-7036-8
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