1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8

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Lot 526
1950 Jaguar XK120
Registration no. 678 NOK Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8

Sold for £ 63,100 (US$ 77,468) inc. premium
1950 Jaguar XK120
Registration no. 678 NOK
Chassis no. 660133
Engine no. F1607-8

Footnotes

  • '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. With orders rolling in apace, Jaguar had no choice but to think again about the XK120's method of construction. The work of Jaguar boss William Lyons himself and one of the most beautiful shapes ever to grace a motor car, the body had been conceived as a coachbuilt, aluminium panelled structure for the simple reason that Jaguar expected to sell no more than 200 XK120s in the first year! In conjunction with the Pressed Steel Fisher Company a new all-steel panelled body was developed, which retained the fabulous looks of the coachbuilt original while differing in minor external details. Beneath the skin the steel car was entirely different and it would take some 20 months of development before manufacture could begin.
    The XK120's heart was, of course, the fabulous XK engine, which had been developed during the war and was intended for Jaguar's forthcoming MkVII saloon. A 3.4-litre 'six' embodying the best of modern design, it boasted twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminium-alloy cylinder head, seven main bearings and a maximum output of 160bhp. It went into a chassis that was essentially a shortened version of the simultaneously announced MkV saloon's, featuring William Heynes' torsion bar independent front suspension. Jaguar lost no time in demonstrating that the XK120's claimed top speed was no idle boast. In May 1949, on the Jabbeke to Aeltre autoroute, an example with its hood and side screens in place recorded a speed 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. Coupé and drophead coupé versions followed, and for customers who found the standard car too slow, there was the Special Equipment (SE) package which boosted power 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. The XK120 produced until 1954 and would prove to be the most popular of the XK series, with 12,078 examples built of which 1,175 were right-hand drive roadsters like that offered here.
    This XK120 was completed in July 1950 with engine 'W1658-8' and originally registered 'KDU 301' in Coventry in September of that same year. In its early life the XK was finished in blue. By the mid-1980s the car had passed into the ownership of well-known concours-winning XK enthusiast, Vic Gill of Figsbury, Wiltshire, who had it restored by a local garage (see photograph album and rebuild history on file). Vic's obituary in Jaguar Driver magazine (July 2006) shows him standing next to '678 NOK' together with Murray Walker. The car has featured in the JDC and JEC journals on several other occasions and is illustrated in 'Essential Jaguar XK' by Mike Lawrence (page 25) and Nigel Thorley's publication, 'Jaguar All The Cars', which features it on the cover.
    Acquired by the current vendor in April 1992, '678 NOK' is currently taxed and it is hoped that a fresh MoT will have been obtained by time of sale. (The car was last MoT'd to May 2009 and comes with Swansea V5). A nice tool roll and some small tools are included in the sale.
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
1950 Jaguar XK120  Chassis no. 660133 Engine no. F1607-8
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