|Cars - Jaguar|
|Odometer reading||26,800 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 4th December 2010 Car - 12/04/2010 / 1954 Jaguar XK120 Fixedhead Coupé / Lot 52
The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954 and was Jaguar's first post-war sports car which succeeded the SS 100 that ceased production in 1940. The XK120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a test bed and show car for the new Jaguar XK six cylinder engine. It caused a sensation, which persuaded William Lyons to put it into production and the ""120"" in its name referred to its 120 mph top speed, this made the XK120 the world's fastest standard production car at the time of its launch. It was available in two convertible versions; first as the roadster, then also as a drophead coupé from 1953 and as a closed fixed-head coupé from 1951. The DHC was a more deluxe model, featuring a beautiful wood dashboard and wood features on the door interiors. The XK120 was aimed primarily at the US market and the fixed head coupé was constructed in relatively small numbers with approximately 2680 units produced (combined left and right hand drive) compared with approximately 7614 Roadsters. In late 1954 the XK120 was succeeded by the XK140 which benefitted from enhanced engineering to benefit the new model not only as a road going tourer, but as a serious motorsport contender. 864 YUA was declared manufactured on 1 January 1954 and according to the vendor the car has enjoyed just two US based owners, a doctor and a professor before he imported the car in 2009. This stunning XK120 is finished in fern green coachwork with dark green leather hide and carpets. Originally imported by United States Jaguar concessionaires Hornburg in Los Angeles and subsequently sold by a Jaguar dealer in Chicago to Dr George Wells who lived in South Dakota. Dr Wells was a keen motorist with an interesting assortment of European cars including a Mercedes 300C and was known for taking great care of his vehicles. It's understood that he never drove this car in the winter months nor did the owner after him, a Mr Bob Hardman who the vendor acquired the car from. 864 YUA was sourced from Mr Hardman, the second owner from Iowa, who had purchased the car in 1989 to add to his enviable collection. Mr Hardman remembers the car 'The car always started remarkably well, even after sitting for some time. I never drove the car in winter months and I might add that I never drove it in the rain, I always kept the car covered and stored in a heated garage.' It's worth noting that Iowa is a dry state and as such the car has remained in excellent structural condition. An inspection of the body reveals flush door shut lines, even panel gaps and the wings are also presented in straight, original order. The interior is also original and in superb condition throughout , right down to the body number which is written in chalk on a number of trim parts including the inside of the wheel spats and underneath the seat squabs. The engine is the original unit fitted in the car in 1954 (engine no 1742/8) making this a matching numbers car which starts easily from cold to a smooth idle and runs well. The vendor advises us that the dynamo is a rare special equipment unit, in addition the complete original toolkit is present and the original circular cardboard identification tags are hung with string inside the boot. 864 YUA has full UK V5 registration and is offered with MoT road test certificate valid to August 2011 and a Jaguar Heritage certificate. A very rare opportunity to acquire a low mileage, highly original and unmolested XK120 Fixed Head Coupe which was invited and displayed by Jaguar Heritage at the 2010 Goodwood Revival. With originality being so important in today's marketplace, this car represents an ideal investment for the prudent collector.