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Black | Convertible | 4 Speed Manual | 3.4 litre straight six | 77,633 miles | AU$165,995
Jaguar’s XK120 changed automotive design forever when it was first shown at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948, unquestionably one of the finest sports cars of its day and still elegantly unique in design today.
Its chassis offered incredible handling and following a speed run on a Belgian highway reaching 212 km/h the XK120 was deemed the fastest production car in the world.
The XK120’s 3.4 litre straight-six is perhaps one of the greatest engine designs of all time, and it proved so successful that the company would retain its basic design for use in their road going cars for nearly 40 years.
Built on the 6th of October, 1953 and sold new by Henleys of London the same year, the XK120 Drop Head Coupe offered here is a masterfully restored globetrotter, finished in Black over Burgundy Connelly leather trim with matching Black soft-top and touching down in no less than 4 countries and 3 continents.
Making its way to Germany in the 1990’s, by 1997 the car had travelled to Capetown, SA and in the year 2000 was sold to Ford South Africa’s Executive Director at the time, an addition to a well-recognised collection of Jaguars including an XK120 FHC and an XK140 FHC.
In 2002, and under the instruction of the same owner, this XK120 was shipped to the UK for a ground up restoration under the watchful eye of David Marks; a classic Jaguar specialist mechanic associated with the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT), the foundation established to look after the collection of historic cars that Jaguar Cars Ltd. had in its possession.
With zero expense spared, the works included the rebuild of both the engine and transmission, both the front and rear suspension were also rebuilt with new springs and telescopic shock absorbers, a new starter motor and fly wheel was fitted, all new fuel lines, brake lines and hoses were fitted, the wiring loom received a total re-wire, panel gaps received detailed re-alignment, and the bodywork received a bare metal respray. Lastly, the interior received all new and correct Connelly leathers and plush pile carpets, re-chromed and refurbished gauges, a new steering wheel, timber veneer and soft-top.
With the restoration finalised in 2003, the car was then followed the owner to Australia where it has remained and been meticulously maintained ever since.
Testimony to the quality, thoroughness and authenticity of the restoration, some 15 years later this car presents and drives exceptionally well.
From the neatly fitted dash switch gear and timber veneer, to the glass like finish and brilliant chrome wire wheels, the road presence of this XK120 is jaw dropping in Black over Red.
A short drive transports you back in to the 1950’s when this car was so far ahead of anything else, it must have seemed out of this world. The exhaust note, punchy throttle response and agile handling are totally intoxicating and serve to remind you that car was this was the generation of Jaguar that dominated Le Mans in the C and D Types.
Accompanied by a detailed history file with receipts for the entire restoration, its original tool kit and copper/hide “Thor” mallet, owner’s manual and matching luggage this rare and hard to find Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupe is something special.
An original right hand drive and excellently well restored car accompanied by fascinating provenance this 1953 XK120 would suit the enthusiast and the most discerning collector.
Mille Miglia eligible and perfectly prepared to breathe octane into your weekends, this rare sports classic is one to own and drive.