<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8

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Lot 192
1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Sold for US$ 80,640 inc. premium
1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Chassis no. 674160
Engine no. W9314-8

3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU carburetors
160bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Rear Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Beautifully presented, matching numbers XK120
*Much restoration work performed
*Sensational look with elegant lines and in striking 'as delivered' livery
*Eligible for numerous high-profile rallies and tours
*Documented by Heritage Trust Certificate


THE JAGUAR XK120

'We claimed 120 mph (for the XK 120), a speed unheard of for a production car in those days' - William Heynes, Chief Engineer, Jaguar Cars.

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. 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 aluminum structure for the simple reason that Jaguar expected to sell no more than 200 XK120s in the first year! It was immediately obvious that the slow-to-produce alloy bodywork would have to go, and the car was swiftly re-engineered in steel. In conjunction with the Pressed Steel Fisher Company a new all-steel paneled body was developed, which retained the fabulous looks of the coachbuilt original while differing in minor external details.

The car's heart was, of course, the fabulous XK engine, a 3.4-liter 'six' embodying the best of modern design, boasting twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminum-alloy cylinder head, seven main bearings and a maximum output of 160bhp. Jaguar lost no time in demonstrating that the XK120's claimed top speed was no idle boast. In May 1949, on the Jabbeke to Aeltre autoroute, an example with its hood and side screens in place recorded a speed of 126mph and 132mph with the hood and windscreen detached and an under-tray fitted. 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.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

An original left-hand drive XK, chassis 674160 was sold new in 1953. It is thought that the car was acquired from this original owner, by the next keeper, Steven Sigwarth who was based in Cedar Rapids, IA. When acquired, the car was in unrestored/original order and it was during his ownership that he undertook a comprehensive restoration of the XK was undertaken, putting it into the fine order in which it remains in today. Using local specialists Tremains Automotive and Simonson's of Taylorville, IL and Riverside Sports Cars of Swisher, IA, and with the majority of replacement or refurbished parts arriving from UK Specialists Guy Broad and XK Engineering, the project was completed over a period of 3-4 years. The XK120 was thereafter acquired by a subsequent owner from known Jaguar specialists 'Doc's Jags' in 2000. While in that ownership, the Silver XK120 was attended to and maintained by respected expert Kurt Braunstein in East Hampton, NY. In 2011, it was acquired by the consignor – a well-known collector and enthusiast with taste for exquisite collector cars – who since used the classic English Roadster on spirited drives throughout the US, while maintaining it in beautiful condition. Further restoration work has been performed, including the fitment of a new convertible top and tonneau cover in 2012, and a few tasteful drivability upgrades fitted, including fitment of an electric cooling fan and choke, and a mobile phone charger under the dash. This fine example is offered with a comprehensive history file including many restoration records, a tool kit, jack, a facsimile owner's manual, original parts and service manual's, and a set of expertly made side curtains with custom stowage bag. Most recently, the Silver Jaguar was exercised on the 2017 edition of the famous 1000-mile road rally, The Copperstate 1000.

A benchmark example of the model, it is arguably all the better for being to the original specification and still sporting the elegant disc wheels and rear wheel spats. The Jaguar presents beautifully, the color combination works well, the deep red trim contrasting with the silky silver bodywork, while on the road the Jaguar is reported to be a strong performer. A lovely example indeed, ready to take on one the many driving events this iconic Roadster is eligible for.

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<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
<b>1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 674160<br />Engine no. W9314-8
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