1951 JAGUAR XK120 ROADSTER for sale $199,950

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CALL 07 3171 1953
Title 1951 JAGUAR XK120 ROADSTER
Make JAGUAR
Price AUD $199,950
Listing Type Used
Stock Number 0418
Refcode TA980321
Body Type Roadster
No. of Doors 2
Capacity - cc 3,441
Transmission Manual
Odometer 02715
Colour Silver

The Swallow Sidecar Company was founded in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley. In 1934 Lyons formed SS Cars Limited to effectively take over the operation from Walmsley. The SS brand was quite successful; though they had a reputation for having more show than go. The Jaguar name first appeared as a model name on an SS 2½ Litre Sports Saloon introduced in 1936. For political reasons, Lyons changed the name of his company to Jaguar Cars in 1945.

Whilst the SS100 is indeed a fabulous car, it was the launch of the legendary Jaguar XK120 at the London Motor Show in 1948 that really put Jaguar on the map. The car caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The "120" in its name referred to its 120 mph top speed, which made the XK120 the world's fastest production car in its day. It was available in two open versions, first as the roadster (designated OTS, for open two-seater), then also as a drophead coupé (DHC) from 1953. The car was also available as a closed or fixed head coupé (FHC) from 1951. The XK120 morphed into the XK140 and ultimately the XK150 and in total, just over 30,000 cars were built during 15 years of production.

Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a USA delivered, factory left hand drive 1951 Jaguar XK120. According to the Jaguar Heritage Certificate on file this particular car was completed on the 8th June 1951 and despatched on the 20th June 1951 to Hornborg, Los Angeles in the USA. The car was originally finished in pastel blue with a duo-blue interior and a fawn soft top.

The car is documented in the following books: The Jaguar XK120 in the Southern Hemisphere (2009) by John Elmgreen and Terry McGrath. The cars history stated below is an extract from that book:

Chassis completed in June 1951 and despatched 20 June 1951 to Hornburg, Los Angeles, California, USA. Sold possibly to Dr E. Charland of Inglewood, California via Cavilar Motors of Los Angeles, California (however, this was not recorded by the factory). In December 1954 the car was sold by him to Edgar Zwieback of 175 Cordova Walk, Long Beach, California, and apparently owned by him at least into the 1970s. Nothing further known until the late 1980s when it was purchased in the USA by Peter Fox of Victoria, and imported into Australia. Said to be part of well-known businessman Lindsay Foxs collection. During the 1990s, the car was completely restored, including being repainted in its original Pastel Blue metallic. In March 2005 it went to auction with Bonhams and Goodmans at the Fox collection site in Docklands, Melbourne and was sold, apparently with just 19 miles recorded since the restoration. Still lhd at that time.

Original colours: Pastel Blue, Duo Blue, Fawn.

Regd: GGF710 (California, USA), KIF708 (California, USA).

This car was one of several XKs purchased by Peter Fox and the second car restored by the Foxes. Terry McGrath.

The current owner acquired this STUNNING Jaguar XK120 Roadster in December 2005 following its no sale at the Bonhams & Goodman Sydney auction in March 2005. This car is part of a major collection and it has been used sparingly since being purchased. Today the odometer reads 02715 miles.

Its hard to believe that this car was restored in excess of twenty years ago. Granted it has hardly been driven, but everything is still very fresh. Today the car presents beautifully. When you look at this car, with spats fitted and presented in the most perfect colour scheme it is not hard to understand why the world went crazy for the Jaguar XK120 in 1948! The paint work on the car remains excellent all round with the only blemish some crazing where the soft top has rubbed against the body. All of the exterior trim, glass and chrome are also in excellent condition. The only exception being the exhaust tip which shows a few very light spots and there is the odd light scratch or mark on the chrome windscreen frame. Inside the cabin is quite simple, yet it oozes class. The leather remains subtle and clean and all of the instruments & controls (which are working order) are crisp and clear. The carpet has a few bare patches that have most likely been caused by moths. You may notice from the photo that the drivers door pull strap is missing. A replacement has been sourced and will be fitted prior to sale. The engine bay is clean & well presented and the boot looks to be unused. The soft top fits well and is in excellent condition.

So whats it like to drive? Its fair to say it drives every bit as good as it looks. The engine starts easily and then it grumbles a little until the automatic choke turns off. It warms up quickly and then its all systems go. You are immediately surprised by the throttle response, which is almost instant. The performance of the car is really good. Everything is tight, just a like a freshly restored car! The gearbox is as smooth as a Moss box can be and the car steers and stops as it should.

Approximately twelve months ago the car was serviced and given a thorough safety check. The harmonic balancer has just been replaced on the car.
There is an unused spare wheel, jack and tool kit that will accompany the car.

This Jaguar XK120 Roadster ticks all the boxes. The car retains its original matching numbers engine block which is unusual for many XKs. When restored it was finished in its original colour - which is just perfect for the car - and the finishing touch are the spats which complete the look.

We have had the pleasure of handling a number of Jaguar XKs over the years and this one is without doubt the very best. Classic Jaguars are in high demand and these early XKs are just so very cool . . . and perhaps this example is the coolest cat of them all!

Price: $199,950.

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