The XK 120 was launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show and understandably caused a sensation and the demand for the fastest production car in the world was significantly greater than Jaguar was expecting. The method of construction however was out dated and time consuming. The car’s body used an ash frame skinned with alloy panels and was expensive and time consuming to produce. The car was quickly redesigned in steel so that it could be produced in greater numbers and satisfy demand.
The engine was the 3.4 litre straight six with twin overhead camshafts, an alloy head, seven main bearings, twin carbs and an output of 160 bhp. The car set new standards for performance and road-holding and the cockpit and equipment level was all an enthusiast could ask for. The XK was a car brimming with competition potential and set the stage for Jaguars ensuing success on the track.
Chassis 660409 was built in Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory and completed in December 1950. It was registered with the London number that it still retains. LXO 108 and sold through the Henly’s dealership to its first owner, Alexander Hoffman of Caterham, Surrey. There are photographs of Hoffmann competing club racing during his ownership, notably at Boreham in May 1951 at the West Essex Car Club Meeting. Photos taken that day show the car on track with such luminaries as Reg Parnell, Dennis Poore, Sydney Allard and Tony Rolt.
It is not clear how far LXO’s competition history extended but the car’s next owner was the celebrated dealer and racing driver, Tony Crook. The car went on to have a number of owners before being bought in the 1970’s by Dr. Mathews of Littlehampton who kept it for over thirty years. Invoices in the history file evidence a complete restoration between 1983 and 1987.
Clearly only used sparingly since the restoration the car is offered in fine condition with an uprated 3.8 litre engine, competition dual exhaust system, a large diameter ‘Monza’ alloy filler cap and painted wire wheels.
In keeping with the competition theme, the car is currently fitted with aero screens but is also equipped with the standard fitment full screen and complete weather equipment including tonneau cover.
This is a very well presented XK 120 Roadster in a stunning colour scheme with a high level of equipment. The history file is very complete and has a plethora of period photos, letters and invoices that go back to the first owner. The car has a current V5, FIVA passport and is MOT exempt