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Introduced as a showcase for Jaguar’s new XK engine, the XK120 in roadster form was a hit at the 1948 London Motor Show and convinced company founder William Lyons to build the car in volume. Produced from 1948 to 1954, the XK120 raised comfort and roadholding standards for British sports cars, as well as setting multiple speed and endurance records. Advanced for the time, the 3.4-litre DOHC inline six-cylinder developed 160 bhp, and delivered a genuine 120 mph top speed. Outstanding handling came courtesy of a lightweight frame, a front independent suspension, rear semi-elliptical leaf springs, and drum brakes at all corners. In 1951, a fixed head coupe variant was added that offered additional luxury and streamlined styling.
According to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, this elegant XK120 Fixed Head Coupe was originally finished in Silver over Red upholstery and was delivered through Hornburg Jaguar Los Angeles to its first owner. Repainted in its present attractive Midnight Blue, this XK120 retains the original engine referenced in the JDHT and is accompanied by reproduction books, tools, and jack. Currently displaying just over 27,000 miles, this example received recent attention to its fuel pumps, brakes, and gearbox under the care of its current owner.
Ahead of its competitors in terms of performance, design, and engineering, this XK120 is ready to provide enjoyment well into the future and is eligible for a multitude of vintage touring and concours events.