Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8

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Lot 25
1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé
Sold for £ 208,700 (US$ 271,524) inc. premium

Lot Details
Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8 Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive,1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé  Chassis no. 679132 Engine no. W3973-8
Ex-Nigel Dawes, Left-hand drive
1951 Jaguar XK120 Coupé
Registration no. XFO 208
Chassis no. 679132
Engine no. W3973-8

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. 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, and still is, a genuine 120mph car capable of sustained high-speed cruising.

    Number '679132' is one of 2,484 left-hand drive fixed-head coupés constructed on the XK120 chassis. The car was purchased by master restorer Nigel Dawes and totally restored by him for his personal use, a process that took around five years in the 1990s and was completed to concours standards. Nigel Dawes' specification for this car is mouth-watering. It includes a seam-welded chassis, and suspension up-rated with competition torsion bars and anti-roll bars, and Spax adjustable shock absorbers. In addition, there are disc brakes fitted to all four wheels (with four-pot callipers at the front) and the car also features rack-and-pinion steering and Borrani aluminium wire wheels. The engine is fitted with a C-type cylinder head, with unleaded conversion, and is said to produce 230bhp, which is delivered to the road via a four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox with overdrive.

    Externally, the car has a louvered bonnet with leather retaining strap; a Monza-type quick-release fuel filler cap; lightweight aluminium bumpers, over-riders, door and boot handles; and high quality Perspex side and rear windows. Internally it boasts the finest cockpit imaginable, with D-Type speedometer and rev counter; oil pressure, oil temperature and water temperature gauges; dash-mounted aircraft air vents; and a floor-mounted aircraft fuel tank switch. For rallying there is a Smiths 8-day clock with stopwatch and trip; a Heuer Monte Carlo clock and stopwatch; and a Halda Speed Pilot. The ensemble is finished off with a four-spoke polished wood-rim steering wheel and drilled alloy control pedals. Finished in green with matching leather interior, this comprehensively improved XK120 coupé is offered with an old-style logbook, current MoT and V5C document.
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