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Lot 43

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe

SOLD $121,000

Estimate

$130,000 - $160,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

680887

Car Highlights

Multiple Award Winner and a Highly Respected Example
Fastidious Restoration with Limited Use Since Completion
One of the Most Infuential Postwar Sports Cars Conceived

Technical Specs

3,442 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
160 HP at 5,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring/Torsion-Bar Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled by its engine number. Please also note that this car has independent torsion bar front suspension, not coil springs as stated in the catalogue.

Register to Bid

Mercer Island Concours d’Elegance, Washington, 1994, 1995, 1996Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, Washington, 2010Kirkland Tour d’Elegance, Washington, 2010Arizona “500” Tour, 2013

From its 1948 debut at Earls Court, the lasting impact made by Jaguar’s groundbreaking XK120 simply cannot be overstated. Just 2,680 of the rakish fixed-head coupes were produced in all. Most were destined for Jaguar’s crucial US market.

A three-owner car since the early 1960s, this XK120 Fixed Head Coupe was acquired by the consignor’s uncle during 1980; and following one further year of use, it received an extensively documented, concours-quality restoration over the course of the next five years. Ever since then, it has enjoyed single family care. A proven multiple award winner, the enduring excellence of this XK120 was confirmed as recently as 2010, when it was Third in Class at the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance in Washington. It has also proven itself admirable in long-distance touring events, including the 500-mile Kirkland Tour d’Elegance in 2010 and the Arizona “500” in 2013. Less than 2,500 miles have been covered since the restoration was completed.

Recently serviced, this exceptional XK120 Fixed Head Coupe is accompanied at auction by a restoration album, including photographs and written history, as well as service receipts. Additional desirable items include a tool roll, plus owner’s and workshop manuals. This outstanding XK120 marks a truly wonderful example of the cornerstone model in Jaguar’s sporting dynasty.