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|The Jaguar XK120 was designed to be a prestigious vehicle and produced in low numbers. The designation '120' represented the vehicles top speed of 120 miles-per-hour. At the time, it was the fastest production car in the world. |
The British automotive industry was greatly influenced by World War II. Many manufacturers went out of business due to the lack of funds, fuel and supply shortages, or their factories had been destroyed during the war. In order to stay in business, a solid production line was required that could compete with its class of vehicles. William Lyons, owner of Jaguar, did so by creating a new class - one that was faster, more reliable, stylish, and cheaper than any other vehicle on the market.
To gain industry recognition, Lyons knew that he needed a show car that was revolutionary and bold. Lyons handled the styling while his chief engineer, William Heynes, was tasked with designing the mechanical components. When the vehicle was displayed at Earls Court, the reaction was overwhelming. Originally, Lyons planned to make between 100 and 200 examples. After the public reaction to the car and to keep up with demand, he decided to change the body from hand-formed aluminum to all-steel construction.
The body of the car was reminiscent to the 'French Curves' produced by manufacturers such as Bugatti and Delahaye of the early 1930's and 1940's.
If you carefully look at the linings of the roof to the lower body, then it is actually unbelievable that these cars are still so cheap. Don’t understand us wrong, it is a lot of money but it really is art. The linings are almost the same as from a Bugatti which are priced over € 500.000,-
This specific example with chassis number 680203 has been completely nut and bolt restored approximately 10 years ago.
The engine and gearbox have been rebuild at a Jaguar specialist in the UK and the bodywork as well as drive lines etc. have been carried out in the Netherlands.
The restoration has cost more then the current asking price for the car and has therefore been done very carefully. When a restoration has been carried out well on a Jaguar then it is recognizable on different spots.
For example on the two small lamps on the top of the front screens. The aluminium is fixed over there onto the steel and this can work.
If the paintjob has been done such a long time ago and it is still nice, then you easily see that it has been done carefully.
Furthermore the doorfittings. The doorfittings of this car are excellent and cannot be better.
The chromewerk is also excellent without dents or rusty spots. Even no starting points of working chrome.
A radio installation has been installed but this is done nicely, namely on the place of the ashtray which means no extra holes.
The interior of the Jaguar is in light beige which fits the car very well.
Overall is it an amazing car. The model cannot be nicer and is really a piece of art. The lining is extremely impressive.
Condition wise, the car is also amazing. A very straight body with perfect fittings, chrome and a very nice interior.
For more information or an appointment, please call Rutger Houtkamp+31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl. Please feel free to contact us by phone during evenings or in the weekend.
The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Sold on the 09.03.2012
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