Bonhams | 2018-06-03 | Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction | Venue : 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
Lot No. : 124
Year : 1952
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : #679265
Engine No. : #W4087-8
Estimate : US$ 30,000 - 40,000
US$ 43,680
Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe Sold


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
*Parked since 1992
*Delivered new to Los Angeles
*Eligible for numerous high-profile rallies and tours
*Documented by Heritage Trust Certificate
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.
This left-drive XK120 Fixed Head Coupe was built on January 23, 1952 and left the Coventry factory on February 15th of that same year. Bound for Hornburg in Los Angeles, it was finished in Pastel Blue with Blue leather. Its original owner was not recorded in factory records.
Little is known about this Jaguar's history, but it had been in the garage of the keeper for at least three decades. Repainted white and reupholstered with black leather at some point several decades ago, it last appeared to have seen the light of day in 1992 with the most recent registration expiring in October of that year. Kept in dry storage for the last quarter of a century, it has been unused and not seen the light of day until it was removed from the garage it had called home for so long.
A complete and well-preserved example, underneath its sheen of dust and cobwebs no doubt lies a cat ready to pounce. XK120s are regarded as fine tour cars, eligible for many desirable events, and with a bit of recommissioning, this example would be a fine chariot with which to participate in rallies like the California Mille, Colorado Grand, New England 1000, and more.
Offered with its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, it is ready to be brought back to life and put to good use by its next, no doubt caring owner.

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