To be offered on Saturday 11th May at Heythrop Park, Chipping Norton OX7 5UF. For further details please contact the office on +44 (0) 1926 691 141.
Registration: MCR 334
Chassis Number: 669111
Engine Number: F1478-8
Number of cylinders: 6
Year of Manufacture: 1954
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 35,000 - 45,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
-Sold originally through Wadham, Southampton in 'British Racing Green' with a Suede Green interior
-A rare and interesting project, matching numbers and right-hand drive
-Discovered in Denmark by the current owner and brought back to the UK with all taxes paid
-3.4-litre 'six' embodying the best of period design, boasting twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminium-alloy cylinder head, seven main bearings, and a respectable output of 160bhp
A car-starved Britain, still trundling around in perpendicular, pre-war hangover motors glimpsed the future in October 1948 with the launch of the Jaguar XK120 at the Earls Court Motor Show. Production commenced in 1949 in Coventry, and the XK's swoopy shape and stylish occupants would become a common sight on British roads over the next fifteen years. The '120' referred to the car's top speed which, at the time, made it the fastest production car in the world. The flowing lines of the body shell were pressed from sheet steel and the doors, bonnet and boot were formed from lighter aluminium and hand-finished. The 120s were powered by a 3,400cc Jaguar dual overhead cam (the basis of all their engines for the next 25 years) with an alloy cylinder head and twin side draft SU carburettors giving 160bhp. All XKs had independent torsion bar front suspension, semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear, recirculating ball steering and 12" drum brakes all round.
Jaguar only made 194 right-hand drive XK120 fixed head coupes (this is #111) and there are probably less than 100 RHD cars surviving, the majority being left-hand drive. We understand that only 24 of those 194 left the factory finished in British Racing Green. These RHD cars were very difficult to obtain and, in a process that would be repeated for the first 50 E-Types some years later, owners were 'selected' on the basis of their celebrity or success in motor racing. For example
669005 Peter Whitehead one of the 1951 Le Mans winners
669006 Ian Stewart of Ecurie Ecosse
669024 J Mainsbridge won the Alpine Cup in 1953
669066 Neville Duke test pilot and holder of the World Airspeed Record
669108 Patsy Burt hillclimb competitor
669120 Ninian Sanderson who won the 1956 Le Mans with Ron Flockhart
669125 Jack Sears
669186 Jimmy Stewart older brother of Jackie Stewart
This, right-hand drive, matching numbers, XK120 FHC was despatched on the 12/01/54 to its first owner, a Mr Pillon in Southampton and was finished in British Racing Green with a Suede Green interior. Discovered by our vendor in Denmark, '669111' returned to these shores recently in order to be restored. Other pressing commitments mean that this lovely XK120 is available for someone else to return it to its former glory.
This is a very rare car and probably one of the last unrestored examples.
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