This stunning and rare car is a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe, It has been fully restored a few years ago at a cost of about £75,000 and still looks superb, it also has been uprated for fast road spec, perfect for driving and using regularly. It has a fully rebuilt engine by Tim Waddingham and features Power steering, Disc Brakes, and many other improvements.
Conceived and constructed in but 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. It was immediately obvious that the slow-to-produce alloy bodywork would have to go, and the car was swiftly re-engineered in steel. 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 aluminium structure for the simple reason that Jaguar expected to sell no more than 200 XK120s in the first year!
The car's heart was, of course, the fabulous XK engine, a 3.4-litre 'six' embodying the best of modern design, boasting twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminium-alloy cylinder head, seven main bearings and a maximum output of 160bhp. 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. Coupé and drophead coupé versions followed, and for customers who found the standard car too slow, there was the Special Equipment (SE) package which boosted power to 180bhp. With either engine and regardless of the type of bodywork, the XK120 was, and still is, a genuine 120mph car capable of sustained high-speed cruising.
This is a car which is perfect for events and fast road use, it sits perfectly on D-Type Alloy wheels and drives effortlessly, including Front Disc Brakes, it is, perhaps, not for the purist, but is a car you will use time and time again.
It was sold new, Left Hand Drive, by Hoffmans in the USA during February 1952 and was finished in Cream with Tan Interior. The history folder is superb and there is a full photographic record of the restoration during 2005. It needs nothing and is ready for its new home.