<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)

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Lot 15
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Sold for US$ 84,000 inc. premium
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Chassis no. 671514
Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)

3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
160bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Beautifully presented in period-correct Dove Grey over red livery
*Eligible for many tours and events
*Classic and iconic Jaguar XK styling
*Offered with Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate


THE JAGUAR XK120

"We claimed 120 mph (for the XK120), a speed unheard of for a production car in those days" - William Heynes, Chief Engineer, Jaguar Cars.

Conceived and constructed in just 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.

Its stunning appearance notwithstanding, the XK120 was conventional enough beneath the skin, being built on a separate chassis featuring independent front suspension by means of wishbones and torsion bars, a live rear axle and drum brakes all round. The car's heart was, of course, the fabulous XK engine. Intended for Jaguar's post-war range-topping saloon, the 3.4-liter six embodied 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. When installed in the lightweight XK120, the result was a car with a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio and blistering performance.

The XK120 set new standards of comfort, handling and performance for sports cars and in keeping with the Jaguar tradition there was nothing to touch it at the price. Coupe and Drophead Coupe versions followed, which provided the opportunity to offer a luxurious interior with copious amounts of wood veneer. Regardless of the type of bodywork, the XK120 was a genuine 120mph car capable of sustained high-speed cruising.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This beautiful XK120 Roadster - or Open Two-Seater as officially called in the day - first roared to life inside Jaguar's Coventry facility on September 10th, 1951. Originally finished in Pastel Blue over a Duo Blue interior and fawn convertible top, this left-hand drive Roadster was destined for the US market and was dispatched to Hoffman Motor Car Company in New York three weeks later and has likely remained within the United States since.

Today, this iconic sports car is beautifully presented with period-correct Dove Grey paintwork over a rich red leather interior. Under the bonnet, a correct - although not the original matching-numbers - 3.4-liter XK engine and 4-speed transmission give this XK120 performance on par with its striking looks. The demure grey paintwork suits the sensuous curves of the body nicely and accentuates the complimentary red leather interior. The bodywork, complete with rear wheel spats, appears quite straight with good panel fitment and the paintwork has a lustrous shine. The wheels, painted to match the body and fitted with chrome center caps, add to the streamlined look achieved with the rear wheel spats, and neat era-correct Lucas driving lamps are fitted up front. The minimal brightwork on this XK120 is in very good condition as well, as is the leather interior, which is nicely trimmed and shows minimal signs of wear. This XK120 is well sorted throughout and ready to be enjoyed by its next owner, in spirited open-air drives, touring events, or car shows. It offers a great opportunity to acquire an engaging driver's car that is also beautiful and eligible for various driving events.

Footnotes

  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under the model year 1953.
Contacts
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
<b>1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 671514<br />Engine no. F6761-8 (see text)
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