Wed, 20th Apr 2016 13:30

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 94

1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe

Sold for £91,125

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: NYX 876
Chassis No: 667035
Mot Expiry: April 2017

- Original UK car retaining its original registration number

- Comprehensive restoration in the late 1990s

- 5 speed gearbox (original gearbox offered with car)

Launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the Jaguar XK120 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.

We are delighted to offer this rare original right-hand drive XK120 Drophead Coupe which pleasingly still retains its original registration mark. Manufactured on 30th September 1953, NYX 876 was despatched to supplying dealer Henlys of London in October that year. Probably one of the most desirable cars ever produced and certainly a veritable milestone in motoring history, this example was treated to a no expense spared restoration some 20 years ago.

A detailed history file accompanies the car which includes a JDHT Certificate, Jaguar build sheet, numerous old M.O.T. certificates dating from 1968, original Brown RF60 logbook, assorted invoices, correspondence, restoration work summary and a photograph album showing stages of the restoration work. The car was taken off the road on its return from a trip to Le Mans in 1988 and subsequently treated to a comprehensive restoration in the mid-1990s. Over 3000 man hours and in excess of £45,000 are understood to have been spent on it. Even the underside of the car was sandblasted, zinc primed, then primed and undersealed as the factory finish. The body is painted in dark Opalescent Blue and the interior trim is finished in Saville Grey with a dark Blue Mohair hood. Upgrades include a 5 speed gearbox making the car extremely useable - indeed during the current ownership it has toured as far afield as the USA and Europe.

Offered with a number of spares including its 4 speed gearbox, spats, steering wheel, disc wheels and suspension parts etc. this wonderfully mellowed XK is expected to be offered with a fresh MoT and is accompanied by a Swansea V5 document.

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