1950 Jaguar XK 120

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1950
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    660252
  • Engine number 
    W1994
  • Lot number 
    609
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Silver
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Interior brand colour 
    Red
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Guide price: £100000 - £120000.  
- UK-supplied in right-hand drive on the 24th November 1950 by Henlys of London
- Matching numbers and fully restored by XK specialists Guy Broad
- Subtly upgraded with telescopic shock absorbers, Coopercraft brakes and Britax safety belts
- Recently serviced by Cotswold Classic Restorations at a cost of £2,107 in July 2018
- A myriad receipts, buff log book, a copy of Classic Car Magazine with 327 XUY as a cover car
- In private ownership since 2013, other notable owners include Jaguar expert Nigel Dawes
 Offered at a quarter the price of the Ferrari of the day with similar performance, the combination proved unbeatable and without doubt, the XK became a milestone for both the company and the country. Orders simply flooded in, taking Jaguar by surprise as the car was planned to be an interim model used solely to publicise the XK engine for the new Mk VII saloon. They had only planned to produce 200 units.At the heart of the William Lyons styled Roadster was the all-new 3.4 six-cylinder engine featuring twin overhead camshafts, twin SU carburettors and giving 160BHP. This meant a 0-60mph time in sub 10 seconds and a top speed of over 120mph, hence the name. It was to become a massive success in both the showroom and on the track, winning Le Mans in '51 and '53. This car is a genuinely exceptional, UK-market, right-hand drive car first supplied on 24th November 1950 by Henlys of London. It can only be described today as being in highly original condition, confirmed by the matching numbers on the chassis, body, engine and gearbox. Restored completely by XK experts, Guy Broad, the Opalescent Silver paintwork has been refinished to a very high standard indeed and contrasts beautifully with the patinated red leather upholstery. The car has settled well from its restoration and now benefits from some minor but important upgrades including telescopic shock absorbers (rather than lever arms), a 'Coopercraft' brake conversion, period-style Britax safety belts, and a stainless steel exhaust.The comprehensive history file shows both ownership and restoration history with a number of relevant invoices, and also records a period of ownership by noted Jaguar expert and Bon Viveur - Nigel Dawes of Birtsmorton Court. There is also a copy of the December 1996 issue of Classic Car magazine where this particular car featured on the front cover. Purchased through us in 2013 by a regular buyer who is a fastidious collector, the car has been kept in a “Carcoon”, used for jaunts to Goodwood Revival, and benefitted in July from some £2,107 worth of servicing works at Cotswold Classic Restorations, the local specialists that looks after all of our vendor's cars. Complete with the original buff logbook, "327 XUY" is ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian.