Launched at the London Motor Show in 1948, the XK120 was Jaguar’s firs sports car produced after the war and was the first car to be fitted with the new 6 cylinder XK engine.
The first few cars were hand made in aluminium until demand increased and a pressed steel body was utilised from 1950, however the aluminium bonnet, boot and doors were kept. When launched, the XK120 was the Worlds fastest production car, capable of 120mph.
During its life cycle the XK120 was offered in 3 different bodies. From launch the OTS roadster (open two seater) was offered, then, in 1951 the FHC (fixed head coupe) was launched and the DHC (drop head coupe) followed in 1953, the XK140 replaced the XK120 in 1954. From 1951 an SE version (Special Equipment) was available offering a more powerful engine, uprated suspension, factory fitted wire wheels and distinguished by a twin exhaust pipe.
According to the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate present within the cars history file, this car was manufactured as a SE (Special Equipment) model in 1953 and first registered in Scotland in 1954. The certificate also shows the matching engine numbers are of the higher performance and that the car retains its original black coachwork although the original grey trim has been replaced with the striking red you see on the car.
Subject to a 5 year plus restoration, completed in 2009, by the previous owner of almost 40 years, this car can only be described as stunning and of the highest standard. The black paintwork gleams and is a perfect combination with the contrasting top quality red upholstery. The panel fit is tight and uniform and all chromework is either new or has been re chromed to a super standard. The wire wheels, standard on the SE, are fitted with quality Vredestein radial tyres and are all in an as new condition.
The car has some beneficial upgrades to make it a super tourer – Coopercraft front discs with 4 pot calipers are fitted for safety, the suspension has an upgraded anti roll car at the front and the rear shock absorbers have been changed from the lever arm type to telescopic units. Under the bonnet, an alternator has been fitted as has a Kenlowe fan and the cooling system is further enhanced with the addition of Evans waterless coolant. A bespoke stainless steel 6 branch exhaust system with twin tail pipes has also been added.
Underneath, it is easy to see the standard of care taken during the restoration of this car – everything looks new! The chassis was removed from the body and carefully blasted and treated, all suspension and drivetrain components have been fully restored and there is not a spot of rust anywhere due to the underbody treatment applied.
On the road the car behaves impeccably. The engine runs perfectly and pulls strong through the 4 speed manual gearbox, the steering is dead straight ahead and although heavy works well, the brakes are strong and the car handles well with not the slightest of suspension noise.
All in all, being a rare SE model in RHD immediately makes this a collectors dream. Also being in this condition immediately makes it an investors dream. Thankfully though, this car has been used sparingly since the restoration and that’s what it was re built to this standard for.
Also with the car are numerous restoration invoices from top quality suppliers, a perfect soft top with side blinds and a tonneau cover.
Available for viewing in our showroom now, we invite any inspection.
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