Sold for £62,083
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: GVL 65
Chassis No: S669087
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. Literally flooded with orders, Jaguar began limited hand-built production soon thereafter (although, it was not until 1950 that the factory was sufficiently 'tooled-up' to discard aluminium in favour of steel for the curvaceous bodywork). Based around a cruciform-braced box-section chassis equipped with independent torsion-bar front suspension, a leaf-sprung 'live' rear axle and hydraulic drum brakes, the lithe two-seater proved equally adept on road or track winning both the RAC TT and Alpine Trial during 1950 (the former victory coming at the hands of Sir Stirling Moss). Credited with 160bhp and 190lbft of torque in standard tune, its legendary 3442cc DOHC straight-six engine was allied to four-speed manual transmission. Arguably, the defining sportscar of its generation, a perilously shaky post-WW2 British economy gave the Coventry manufacturer little choice but to concentrate on overseas sales.
Finished in Old English White with a Black leather interior, ‘GVL 65’ is a rare, ‘home market’, Special Equipment model that boasts matching chassis and engine numbers. Entering the current family ownership in 1968, the Jaguar was extensively refurbished during the early 1990s including a conversion from fixed-head to roadster configuration with the work being carried out by Longmate Vintage Restorations of Norfolk. Displaying a credible but unwarranted 83,400 miles, this appealing XK120 is offered for sale with green logbook, original owner’s service manual, operation manual and a collection of invoices. Riding on painted wire wheels and sporting Black weather equipment, ‘GVL 65’ is described by the vendor as being in ‘good’ condition with regard to its bodywork, paintwork, engine, gearbox and interior.
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Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, 26th May, 2021
Imperial War Museum
Tuesday 25th May from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 26th May 2021 from 9am
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