1952 Jaguar XK 120


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    570 mi / 918 km
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"The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured between 1948 and 1954 and was their first sports car since the SS100 which ceased production in 1940. It was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. It caused a sensation thus persuading Jaguar founder and design boss, William Lyons, to put the car into production. The 120 in its name referred to its top speed which made the XK120 the world's fastest standard production car at the time of its launch. It was available in two open versions; first as the roadster, then also as a drophead coupé from 1953 and also as a closed or fixedhead coupé from 1951. With alloy cylinder head and twin side-draft SU carburettors, the double overhead-cam, 3.4 litre, straight-six XK engine was comparatively advanced for a mass produced unit of the time. With a standard compression ratio of 8:1 it developed 160bhp. This same basic design of the XK engine, later modified into 3.8 litre and 4.2 litre versions, survived into the late 1980s. This lefthand drive example is presented in silver with blood red trim. It was imported in 1990 with our vendor purchasing the car in 1991. This is a restored example and presents almost as new throughout, it is an incredibly handsome car in outstanding condition throughout. The hood is new, the trim without wear and both are fitted well. The engine bay, body and chassis, all of which are easy to inspect on an XK120, are also in excellent condition. The 3.4 litre engine is believed to be matching numbers however the odometer reading of 570 miles is thought to be the mileage since restoration. Recently fully recommissioned and thus ready to drive, this example is offered with the XK120 service manual, a UK V5 registration document and import documentation including the original Certificate of Title from Michigan and MoT test certificates from 1990 until 2011. This is a stunning example of the XK120 and in desirable condition, viewing is highly recommended.