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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 2nd June 2010 Car - 02/06/2010 / 1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé / Lot 44
The XK120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a testbed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. It caused a sensation, which persuaded William Lyons to put it into production. The ""120"" in its name referred to its 120mph (193 km/h) top speed (faster with the windscreen removed), which 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 (designated OTS, for open two-seater, in America), then also as a drophead coupé, or DHC, from 1953. It was then also offered as a closed, or ""fixed-head"" coupé (FHC) from 1951. The DHC was a more deluxe model, featuring a beautiful wood dashboard and wood features on the door interiors. Recently discovered in a garage where it has been stored and little used over the last 20 years. Historics are delighted to offer this hidden gem, recently the result of a re-commissioning operation and presented in the rare colour scheme of Pastel Green with matching green leather interior and carpets. The body is reportedly rust free throughout and the walnut door cappings, dash and 'A' post is all in good order. The hood has been recently replaced and overall represents an extremely attractive package.