Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946

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Lot 337
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster
Registration no. OKO 242 Chassis no. 660946

Sold for £ 74,100 (US$ 92,402) inc. premium
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking
1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster
Registration no. OKO 242
Chassis no. 660946

Footnotes

  • Those who know the automotive art of painter Dexter Brown RI would not believe that he would ever settle for an ordinary car. His paintings exude the sheer excitement of motor sport, one can hear the screaming engines of his subjects as the rev counter soars towards the red line, smell the hot oil and sense the tension as great drivers scorch round Daytona, Monaco or wherever. Trained at Harrow College of Art, Dexter Brown exhibited at London's Thackeray Gallery, at the Monte Carlo Galleries and at the RBA and RI in London. It was in 1967 that he was elected RI at the young age of just twenty-five but that year was also significant as the year he acquired OKO 242.

    £40 had changed hands and Dexter Brown owned a Jaguar XK120 that had sustained front end damage in a meeting with a lamp post. Eoin Young, writing of this car in Autosport magazine in February 1971, recounts how another XK120 with a rusty body yielded a replacement chassis and Brown built up an E-type 4.2 litre specification engine with gas-flowed head, bigger valves, racing crankshaft, high lift cams and a lightened flywheel, bringing the power up from 250bhp to 290bhp and the price for the race-tuned triple-carburettor engine to £300. Brown worked with Bentley Drivers Club member Harold Pounds to develop the car still further, fitting a close ratio gearbox with overdrive unit from an XK150 as well as 16inch wire wheels and disc brakes. The new car borrowed XK150 suspension. Weight was dramatically reduced by stripping the body to single skin and fitting a lightweight boot lid. Bucket seats replaced the original bench type seating. A detailed list of all Dexter Brown's modifications is on file. The blue livery with white racing decals harked back to the glorious days of David Murray's Ecurie Ecosse team of racing C-types.

    Dexter Brown campaigned this car extensively in 1970 and 1971, participating at Bugatti Owner's Club Prescott Hill Climb, BARC Gurston Down Hill Climb, Shelsley Walsh and Brighton Speed Trials (recording a standing quarter mile there in a blistering 15.06 seconds). The greatest achievement during this period was however on 23rd May 1970 in Belgium at the Ghent Speed Trials where OKO ran the flying kilometre at a record speed of 153.5mph, achieving also FTD, and covered the standing kilometre in just 25.8seconds, again FTD. In June 1972 OKO was advertised in Motor Sport magazine by Dexter Brown for £1,500 proclaiming its status as Belgian National Record Holder for Sports Cars.

    OKO later passed into the ownership of well known French collector Jacky Pichon, during whose long ownership extensive work and further development was carried out by Paul Grist at Traction Seabert & Co.Ltd. at Waltham Cross, England. This work resulted in a car more suitable for road use, nevertheless retaining its outstanding performance.

    Repatriated to England in more recent years, and after about 15 years with little use, the Dexter Brown Jaguar has been carefully recommissioned. Work has included replacing the head gasket, fuel and water systems serviced, fuel tank cleaned and sealed, electrics tidied up and checked, exhaust parts replaced as necessary and new brake discs, callipers and pads fitted. The car has been cosmetically refreshed in all areas.

    Surely one of the most charismatic 1950's Jaguars with a fascinating history, coming from previous distinguished ownership and with record breaking history, this car is now fabulously presented in metallic blue livery, dressed with racing decals, silver painted knock-on wire wheels, leather-strapped bonnet and the cockpit furnished with red leather upholstery. It is offered with a good file of historical records including copies of an old style log book going back to 1956, French Carte Grise, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate etc.etc., and comes with a Swansea registration document, current MOT and road fund licence. The vendor reports that this car is very quick, drives superbly and gives him the same pleasure and excitement that it gave Dexter Brown as a twenty eight year old at Ghent in 1970.

Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
Dexter Brown's Ghent Speed Trials record breaking,1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-litre Special Roadster  Chassis no. 660946
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