Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8

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Lot 219
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé
Registration no. MUS 1 Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8

£ 80,000 - 100,000
US$ 100,000 - 130,000
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson
1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé
Registration no. MUS 1
Chassis no. 669120
Engine no. F1430-8

Footnotes

  • The first owner of 'MUS 1' was Ninian Sanderson, who together with Ron Flockhart won the Le Mans 24-Hour Race outright in 1956 driving the Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type 'MWS 301'. Ninian had first joined Ecurie Ecosse for the 1952 season driving a C-Type Jaguar financed by his father. He raced successfully with the team for several years, coming second overall at the '57 Le Mans 24 hours to add to his win the previous year. 'MUS 1' was Ninian's road car during this period. The accompanying JDHT Certificate confirms that Ninian Sanderson was the first owner and that the car was supplied new via the Coombs dealership in Guildford and first registered 'MUS 1' in Glasgow.
    The accompanying old-style logbook shows a number of owners in Scotland from 1965 to 1975, by which time the XK120 had come into the ownership of Bob Kerr, a leading light in Jaguar circles at that time and the Scottish representative of the JDC. An MoT certificate from May 1976 issued by a garage in Dunbartonshire confirms that the car was still in Scotland at that time, but by August that year it had travelled south of the border into the ownership of David Harvey, who was the long-term chairman of the Jaguar Drivers Club (and incidentally the father of Tim Harvey of British Touring Car fame). The last tax disc expired at that time and the car was taken off the road.
    In 1984 the XK passed to Peter Sargent (another racing driver from Jaguar's Le Mans times) in Sussex, apparently having not been touched since '76. The story told by Peter is that David Harvey had not disclosed the existence of the XK120 to his wife and when she eventually found out that he had 'yet another Jaguar project' the ultimatum arrived and it had to go. He called his old friend Peter to help get him out of a fix. Peter had his own mechanic to look after his cars and the rebuild commenced, albeit slowly. He already owned another XK120 FHC, the ex-Jack Sears car, so there was no urgency to finish 'MUS 1'.
    When the current vendor acquired the Jaguar in May 2001, the chassis was in the garage, the wings were in the shed, the doors and roof were in an outhouse, the brightwork was in boxes in the attic - the original abandoned restoration. But everything was there except the starter motor, which had been sent for rebuild sometime in the 1980s and lost.
    On file are restoration bills for the period August 2001 to November 2008 totalling £55,600 issued by a small local restoration business, plus separate bills for parts sourced by the vendor totalling over £3,300. There are no invoices for the engine rebuild, which was done by Jaguar specialist friend of the current owner. Although not original to this car, the engine remains to original 3.4-litre specification complete with twin 1¾" SU carburettors. Upgrades incorporated in the course of restoration include a five-speed gearbox; front disc brakes with modern Girling 4-pot callipers; period bucket seats allowing more movement to accommodate taller drivers; and a period Derrington wood-rim steering wheel. The car currently rolls on a set of 16" chromed wire wheels shod with Avon Turbospeed cross-ply tyres. A set of Turbospeed-shod painted wires and the original Moss four-speed gearbox are included in the sale.
    The car made its post-restoration debut at the Jaguar XK60 celebrations at Petworth Park and was displayed on the Richmond Lawns at the Goodwood Revival meeting in 2008. Described as in generally excellent condition, 'MUS 1' comes with sundry restoration invoices, old-style continuation logbook, current road fund licence, MoT to 15th November 2011 and Swansea V5 registration document.
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Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
Formerly the property of Ninian Sanderson,1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 669120 Engine no. F1430-8
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