Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8

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Lot 46
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8

Sold for € 97,750 (US$ 107,681) inc. premium
Original left hand drive, matching numbers
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Chassis no. 671452
Engine no. W3291-8
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!

The car's heart was, of course, the fabulous XK engine, a 3.4-litre 'six' embodying 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. 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.

This left-hand drive XK120 roadster was delivered new to the USA and retains matching chassis, engine and body numbers. Restored at a date unknown, it has been well repainted and runs silently and powerfully, while the electrics have been renewed and the braking system upgraded to dual-circuit operation. In 2004 the XK was sold at auction in the UK and shortly thereafter found a new home in Germany, where it was then registered. In 2008 the car was imported into Italy and registered there before coming to Belgium. The XK is finished in silver metallic with contrasting red leather interior and black soft-top, its graceful lines being further enhanced by the presence of rear wheel spats. Affording the prospect of an exhilarating driving experience, the car is offered with Form 705, (copy) German Fahrzeugbrief, Italian libretto and Certificato di Proprieta.

Ce roadster XK 120 à conduite à gauche a été livrée neuf aux États-Unis et conserve ses numéros de châssis, de moteur et de carrosserie concordants. Restauré à une date inconnue, il a été bien repeint et tourne silencieusement, donnant toute sa et puissance, tandis que son faisceau électrique a été rénové et que son système de freinage a été passé au double circuit. La XK a été vendue dans une vente aux enchères en Angleterre en 2004 et a, peu après, élu domicile en Allemagne où elle a été immatriculée. En 2008, elle a été importée en Italie et immatriculée là-bas, avant de venir en Belgique. Elle est peinte en gris argent métallisé avec intérieur en cuir rouge contrastant et capote noire, ses lignes élégantes soulignées par la présence de flasques de roues arrière. Capable d'offrir un plaisir de conduite exaltant, la voiture est vendue avec son formulaire 705 (copie), son Fahrzeugbrief allemand, son libretto et Certificato di Proprieta italien.
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Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
Original left hand drive, matching numbers,1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Chassis no. 671452 Engine no. W3291-8
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