1953 Jaguar XK 120

Fixed Head Coupé

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1953
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    242
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

Estimate:
€75,000 - €90,000

  • Exceptionally well preserved throughout
  • Attractive Pastel Green over Beige colour scheme
  • Registered in Italy since 1980
  • Presented in unrestored, original condition
  • A charming example of one of Jaguar’s most iconic automobiles

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Please note that this lot will need to be collected in Bergamo, Italy

Jaguar stunned both the public and automotive press when they revealed the sensational new two-seater XK 120 roadster to the world at the Earls Court Motor Show in London in late 1948. Designed to showcase the firm’s new 3.4-litre twin-overhead-camshaft XK engine, the XK 120 raised the standard by which all other sports cars would be judged. A new level of modern style, comfort, handling characteristics, and brilliant performance for British cars was established, making the Jaguar XK 120 one of the most desirable sports cars to own in the early 1950s, just as it is today.

Finished in Pastel Green, this attractive XK 120 Fixed Head Coupé was completed by Jaguar in February of 1953 and is believed to have been delivered new to the United States. Its early history is unknown, until being registered in Turin, Italy in 1980. According to the consignor, it is well-preserved in unrestored condition, still finished in its original colour scheme. Today, it is accompanied by a Certificatdo di Omologazione by the Automotoclub Storico Italiano. It is important to note that the engine block number (stamped W7563-8S, the original block) does not match the stamped number on the cylinder head (NC2271-8).

Presented in attractive colours with charming patina, this would be an interesting acquisition for any enthusiast looking to own one of Jaguar’s most iconic automobile and a true icon of its era.

Please note that due to travel restrictions resulting from Covid-19 this car has not been inspected in person by an RM specialist and its inspection report is therefore based on information provided by the consignor as well as available photography. To receive more information where available and connect with a car specialist, please click "Lot Inquiry."

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