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1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Buy for £95,000

Lot 373 (A|B|C Live Auction Online, 25th November 2020)

Lot details

Registration No: IG 4253
Chassis No: 671921
MOT: Exempt

Motor Car Location: Helensburgh

  • Previous ownership in America for over 30 years and only one UK keeper since importation
  • Frame-off restoration by Sargent Metalworks of Bradford VT (Pebble Beach Winners) which was completed in circa 2015
  • Uprated for fast road or vintage rallying use, complete with a tuned engine (C-Type cylinder head), louvered bonnet, Le Mans-style fuel filler cap, and Moto Lita steering wheel

Launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the Jaguar XK120 Roadster caused a sensation. Penned by Sir William Lyons, the model's sensuous lines seemed almost impossibly glamorous to a country still feeling the effects of rationing. While the 120mph top speed that its name signified soon became the stuff of legend. Flooded with orders, Jaguar began limited hand-built production soon thereafter (although, it was not until 1950 that the factory was sufficient 'tooled-up' to discard aluminium in favour of steel for the curvaceous bodywork). Credited with 160bhp and 190lbft of torque in standard tune, its legendary 3442cc DOHC straight-six engine was allied to a four-speed manual transmission.

This left-hand drive Roadster was manufactured in 1952 and distributed by Max Hoffman in New York. Returning to UK shores around 2015 and first registered in September 2015, the car is thought to have spent the rest of its life residing in America. Finished in Green with Tan interior, and Beige hood the XK120 was entrusted by its previous American owner, who was the custodian of the car for over 30 years, to Sargent Metalworks of Bradford VT, the winners of 'Best in Show' at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance with a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC, and since have built up an amazing portfolio of past restoration work which includes numerous Bugattis and a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. ‘IG 4253’ received a 'multi-year, frame-off restoration' by Sargent Metalworks which was completed circa 2015 before its importation. Fitted with an uprated fast road or vintage rallying usage, which includes a tuned engine incorporating a C-Type cylinder head, louvered bonnet, Le Mans-style fuel filler cap, and Moto Lita steering wheel to name a few, with thoughts of use in the Mille Miglia Storica.

The Jaguar is accompanied by a sizeable history file including a V5C, Vehicle Information Record from Jaguar 1991, a large quantity of invoices from prior and during the restoration, numerous photographs of the restoration work, Service Manual, Spare Parts Catalogue and Operating, Maintenance & Service Handbook.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: ‘Very Good'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Good'

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


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