Wed, 18th Apr 2007 0:00

The Pavilion Gardens

 
  Lot 72
 
Lot 72 - 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Sold for £28,125

(including buyers premium)


Lot details
Registration No: 231 UXE
Chassis No: 674790
Mot Expiry: Oct 2007

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. 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 Jaguar 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 black with red vinyl upholstery, this particular left-hand drive example is variously described by the vendor as being in "very good" (3442cc engine, four-speed manual gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, wheels / tyres) or "excellent" (bodywork, paintwork) condition. Supplied new to America, chassis number '674790' spent most of its life there before being repatriated to the UK a few years ago. The subject of a recent cosmetic refurbishment during which it was repainted and fitted with a new hood, the Jaguar is further said to have been checked over mechanically. Riding on wire wheels shod with fresh tyres, this striking XK120 Roadster is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until October 10th 2007 and historic class (free) road tax valid until May 31st 2007.
 

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