1950 Jaguar XK 120

XK120 Period Competition Roadster

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1950
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Blue
  • 0
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Jaguar XK120 competition car. Offered here is an early RHD Roadster with an extensive period race history including five meetings at Goodwood, six at Silverstone, two at Boreham and other appearances at Snetterton and Prescott.

This particular car was manufactured in December 1950 and delivered via Henlys to Duncan T Russell, the managing director of J W Russell Ltd, an auto-electric company in Watford. Russell was an accomplished and enthusiastic competitor who began his career pre-war with a Hillman Aero Minx and was active in the Hertfordshire County Auto and Aero Club for many years, finally retiring as Chairman in 1964.

Russell began racing MNK 120 in 1951 and continued through to the end of the 1952 season during which time he competed against the top UK drivers of the period including Moss, Rolt, Parnell, Duke, Hamilton and Salvadori. He was a regular entrant in both international and national level race meetings and secured a number of podium finishes. As was common at this time he gradually uprated his car to improve performance and changed the colour from Silver to Blue for the 1952 season.

MNK 120 is unusual and special in that it suffered no significant accidents during its racing career and was never subjected to a poor restoration over the subsequent years.  Consequently, it was a wonderful foundation for a total Woodham Mortimer restoration that has just been completed, and this car provides a very rare opportunity to acquire a highly original Goodwood competition car that is eligible for all major international events.  The original engine block is supplied with the car but is not installed.

Competition History

1951

Silverstone 2 June 
Eight Clubs Race Meeting
Goodwood 16 June 
BARC members meeting
BARC Eastbourne Rally
30 June - 1 July
1st class award
Silverstone 11 August
MG Car Club Race Meeting
4th
Goodwood 18 August
BARC Members meeting
Silverstone 1 September
SUNBAC Race Meeting
3rd in handicap race, 5th in XK120 race

1952
Goodwood
14 April
Easter International Race Meeting
5th (behind Moss)
Goodwood 17 May
BARC Members meeting
Boreham 21 June
West Essex Car Club Race Meeting
6th
Snetterton 28 June
Easter Counties Motor Club Race Meeting
2nd
Boreham 2 August
Festival of Motor Sport, 100 Mile Sports Car Race
13th
Silverstone 30 August
750 MC 6 hour relay Race
Silverstone 6 September
SUNBAC Race Meeting
1st
Prescott 14 Sept
International Speed Hill Climb
4th fastest XK120
Silverstone 20 September
Peterborough Motor Club Race Meeting
2nd
Goodwood 27 September
International Race Meeting
12th in sports car race, DNF in handicap race (leading until last lap)