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Lot 248: Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe

Techno Classica, Coys (2 April 2011)

It was at the 1948 London Motor Show that Jaguar virtually threw the sports car world into turmoil with its stunning XK120. Here was a car with incredible style and looks, a powerful six cylinder engine installed in an outstanding chassis and a remarkably low price - a quarter that of a V12 Ferrari with similar performance. The combination was unbeatable and without doubt the XK120 was an absolute milestone for both Jaguar and the motor industry as a whole. XK120 orders flooded in, ironic as it was designed as an interim model to publicise the XK engine for the new Mk VII saloon - Jaguar had only planned to produce around 200!

At the heart of the William Lyons styled roadster was that all-new 3,442cc twin overhead camshaft XK engine, producing 160bhp via twin SU carburettors - sufficient for 126mph and 0-100kph in 10 seconds. The XK120 became a massive success - both on the road and the track where it scored numerous victories, the many drivers including Stirling Moss, Peter Walker, Peter Whitehead, Leslie Johnson and lan Appleyard; indeed, in XK120C/C-Type form it won Le Mans in both 1951 and '53, while its engine was to power three more Sarthe winners and a whole host of successful Jaguar models for the next fifty years.

The example on offer today was produced on the 12th June 1953, and delivered to a Mr John Yates of Kansas City, Missouri. A Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate which comes with the car confirms that it was supplied new through Hornburgs of Los Angeles.

Imported into Holland in 1997, this car has recently undergone an extensive restoration and is described as now being in near concours condition. The body has been completely repainted in silver, the interior re-trimmed in chocolate leather, and a new mohair soft top hood has been fitted.

This is a wonderful car, and in our opinion one of the best XK120s we have seen.

Lot Details
Auction Techno Classica
Coys, Essen, Germany
TypeCar
Lot Number248
Estimate€75000-€90000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)€90000
Year1953
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number677415
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2