1952 Jaguar XK 120

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1952
  • Chassis number 
    679445
  • Lot number 
    266
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1952 Jaguar XK120 4.2-Litre Fixed-Head Coupé
Registration no. YPN 635
Chassis no. 679445

Originally a left-hand drive model, this XK120 fixed-head coupé was sold new in the USA via Jaguar's West Coast importer Hornburg of Los Angeles in March 1952. The car is believed to have been imported in 1989 into Germany, where it was restored before coming to the UK in 1998 and being acquired by well known Jaguar enthusiast, Roy Hatfield. Further extensive work was then undertaken by XK specialists Derek Watson and Ken Jenkins, including conversion to right-hand drive, fitting a 4.2-litre engine equipped with triple 2" SU carburettors, and installing an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox with overdrive. This work was featured in the March 1999 edition of 'XK' magazine, a copy of which is in the history file.
This is a very handsome example with louvred bonnet, leather bonnet straps and Monza filler cap. The mechanical specification also includes disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, with most importantly an adjustable steering column, along with aluminium radiator, telescopic rear shock absorbers, poly-bushed front suspension, etc. The batteries have been relocated under the front wing as in later XKs.
In 1999 'YPN 635' participated in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the XK120's famous timed runs at Jabbeke in Belgium where it recorded a terminal speed of 131.8mph. The following year it successfully completed the Millennium Monte Challenge, starting at Brooklands and finishing in Cannes, a distance of 1,800 miles on the event and 2,600 in total. The XK finished 2nd in class and 13th overall out of 130 competitors, and won the Team Prize. In 2003 the car was acquired for the collection of a major Jaguar distributor, following which it was used sparingly. It has belonged to the current registered keeper since 2010. Stored for the last 8-9 years, the car was last MoT'd in 2011 at 37,928 miles (the current odometer reading is 42,758 miles).
This is a very sporting Jaguar combining the sublime looks of the XK120 FHC with sensible mechanical upgrades for modern high-performance motoring. These modifications have been properly undertaken by XK experts and the result is a car that has tremendous performance and drives superbly. Described as in generally very good condition, it is offered with a detailed history file containing restoration invoices, MoTs dating back to 1998, JDHT Heritage certificate, FIVA identity card, and a V5C registration document.