1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661
Lot 283
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Sold for £ 107,900 (US$ 141,923) inc. premium

Lot Details
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  Chassis no. 660661
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Registration no. 550 CXD
Chassis no. 660661
*Landmark Jaguar sports car
*Fully rebuilt by Twyford Moors Classic Cars
*Aluminium body
*Five-speed gearbox; rack-and-pinion steering; disc brakes

Footnotes

  • '"No, it's not a racing car," was an answer that had to be given several times to small boy admirers of the Jaguar XK120 while it was with The Autocar for Road Test. Perhaps there are others who do not appreciate that this stupendous car of the sleek appearance is primarily a very fast, tractable touring car and not "a racer", even though examples of the model have appeared with great success in sports car events, notably the Production Car Race at Silverstone last August.' – The Autocar, 14th April 1950.

    The car offered here has been fully restored from the remains of an original Jaguar XK120 roadster that was first registered as 'DHH 522' on 1st February 1951, as confirmed in the accompanying buff logbook. It is not known if this number can be re-issued. The current registration has been with the car since the early 1960s.

    Little is known of the early history of this car prior to its purchase in 1962 by one Ian Cowan from Caterham Cars for the princely sum of £100. Mr Cowan commenced a long-term programme of modifications, culminating in a 'fastback' design to accommodate his children, with rack and pinion steering, disc brakes, and a powerful XK150 S engine, all from a written off car in the days when XKs were relatively cheap.

    Following its acquisition by the current owner, '550 CXD' was despatched to Twyford Moors Classic Cars together with a new aluminium  bodyshell with the brief to create a totally new XK capable of track and race use. No expense has been spared, and the car features virtually every available improvement to make it most exciting to campaign. Features include rack-and-pinion steering, Sigma 3.4-litre engine, five-speed gearbox, special braking system, and much more. A full build specification is included in the file.

    The car has been finished in appropriate California Sage Green, with a two-tone green interior trimmed by one of the most highly regarded specialists in the business, Mike Thomas. However, the current owner now considers the finished result too precious to be raced in earnest, and feels that it is appropriate to pass on the risk to someone else!
    Virtually 'as new' in all respects, the car comes with the aforementioned logbook, V5C registration document, and Heritage Certificate. Included in the sale are an un-restored hood frame, side screens, and assorted drum brake components. A truly stunning car.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that during testing it was observed there was a problem with the new diaphragm clutch operation. This will be rectified immediately by Twyford Moors post auction at the vendor's expense.
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