1954 Jaguar XK 120
Year of manufacture1954
Only 33,000 miles recorded
1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster
Chassis no. S676289
Engine no. F4016-8S
Offered with a State of California Certificate of Title, this XK120 passed from long-term single family ownership to Europe and is an unmolested matching-numbers example of the SE (Special Equipment) model with the desirable 180bhp engine. Finished in Old English White with a nicely patinated grey leather interior and tan convertible top, the XK is believed to have won its class at the illustrious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the late 1970s/early 1980s. The car appears to have received a single repaint and only thoughtful freshening as needed.
The paint is glossy throughout with only minor deterioration evident under very close examination, while the body is in exceptionally good condition, showing excellent panel gaps and door fit. Visual inspection, particularly that of the interior, appears to support the circa 33,000 miles recorded. The dashboard and instrumentation are in very good condition, with only slightly faded dial faces. The steering wheel, switches, gearshift lever, and handbrake lever are all in very good condition. The boot's condition is very much in keeping with that of the interior; the tools, hammer and jack are present.
Under the bonnet, the matching-numbers engine retains both the original cylinder head and block. Overall, the polished aluminium castings are nicely hued, while the engine components and compartment are properly detailed using correct factory hardware, wiring, and fasteners. Reflecting the car's low recorded mileage, the undercarriage remains tidy and clean with no visible evidence of damage to the floors, structural elements, or suspension components.
The car starts easily and settles into a smooth idle with a good oil pressure. Once it has warmed to operating temperature, the engine functions smoothly and the gearbox likewise. The clutch takes up properly. We are advised by the vendor that driving manners are pleasant with good acceleration, easy handling, and typical braking. The open coachwork, low seating position, and original interior all contribute to a wonderful driving experience in this XK120 Special Equipment Roadster. Much of the pleasure of owning a car like this comes from using it as its maker intended, just as the thoughtful previous owners have done over the past seven decades.
The car comes with a pair of Marchal driving lamps with mounting posts; a set of side screens; an older full cockpit tonneau cover; a newer full cockpit tonneau cover; a car cover; a correct and complete tool kit; a correct jack; and a few miscellaneous spare parts.
This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a very handsome and carefully preserved Jaguar XK120 Special Equipment Roadster that has spent the last 48 years in California. The car comes with a US Title and EU-duties paid. As one of the most beautiful cars of the 20th Century, this XK Roadster embodies exquisite design and affords the prospect of engaging motoring. Finished in an attractive colour scheme, this well maintained and remarkably low-mileage XK120 SE offers the purchaser the exciting prospect of owning and driving one of the most iconic sports cars ever built.