Jaguar XK120 Roadster 1951

By September 19, 2014Previous Classic Car Entries

Jaguar XK120 Roadster 1951 entered into the October 31st Classic Car Auction.

This Jaguar XK120 Roadster (RHD) with matching numbers, is in outstanding near concours condition and has had a total restoration. The body was removed from the chassis which was then shot blasted and reassembled to the highest possible standards. She was restored by a James Sidewell from Coventry who was an ex jaguar employee and a renowned restorer of 120’s. There is a complete photographic record of the restoration in the history file which dates from 2005 when the restoration took place. She was wax oiled by the vendor in 2014. This superb example is a very early car with chrome side lights. She is finished in silver (she sits on disc wheels with full spats) with red leather trim. She has had 4 owners since being imported into the UK in 1958 (manufactured 1951). I cannot emphasize how beautiful this car is and the sound of the twin exhaust music to your ears! Incidentally she is fitted with an 8 – 1 cylinder head. There are no advisories on the current MOT and she comes with a production record trace certificate, number 22936.

Condition:  Concours          Estimated sale price: £65,000 – £75,000

  • Reg number: 345 RU
  • Date of registration: 03-06-1958 (manufactured 1951)
  • Mileage: 33,618 (not warranted)
  • MOT: 20-03-2015
  • Chassis: 660808

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When the XK120 was launched at the London Motor Show in 1948 it caused a sensation, so much so that the proto-type was then turned in to a production car. It was the fastest production car in the world, the standard car was capable of 120 miles per hour and it is interesting to note that the first production chassis, No 03 was delivered to Clark Gable. The XK engine is a dream, 3.4 lit. 6 cylinder twin-cam produced 160 bhp, you could have the SE (special equipment) producing 210 bhp. They were very quick in their day 0-60 in 10 seconds. What did they cost? A staggering £1263 including taxes.