Lot 119

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

SOLD $181,500


$225,000 - $275,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

A Spectacular Undisturbed Time Capsule
Elegant Factory-Delivered Color Combination
Less than 15,000 Miles from New
Extraordinary Features and Documentation
Outstanding Candidate for Preservation Display

Technical Specs

3,442 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
160 BHP at 5,200 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled 671957.

Register to Bid

Dr. H.D. Fremont, La Crescenta, California (acquired via Peter Satori Motors of Pasadena on April 24, 1952)John Wells, La Crescenta, California (acquired from the above on April 24, 1977)Chris Boillit, Scottsdale, Arizona (acquired circa 2010)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Completed by Jaguar on March 11, 1952, this XK120 was originally finished in the rare and elegant color combination of pastel green with a darker suede green interior and a contrasting fawn top. The new XK was delivered through Hornburg Jaguar to foreign-car dealership Peter Satori Motors of Pasadena, California. On April 24, 1952, the Jaguar was sold to its first owner, Dr. H.D. Fremont, of La Crescenta.

Shortly after taking delivery, Dr. Fremont found it difficult to clear his driveway in the Jaguar, since the low stance and exhaust caused the rear to drag on the steep incline. To resolve this inconvenience, he installed a dual exhaust routed through the rear fenders, which was a period upgrade for the model. Dr. Fremont used the Jaguar for occasional weekend outings until 1962, when he purchased a new Corvette and carefully stored the Jaguar. On April 24, 1977, Dr. Fremont sold the 13,399 mile XK120 to fellow La Crescenta resident John Wells.

Over the next few years, Mr. Wells displayed his remarkable find at several local events including the Ambassador Hotel Concours, Santa Barbara Concours, Le Cercle d’Elegance show, Queen Mary British Car Show, and the 1978 Los Angeles Auto Show. As a result of its impressively original condition and marvelous appearance, the Jaguar was featured in 1978 issues of Old Cars Weekly and Antique Motor News.

In the 1980s, the Jaguar was retired from the road and placed on jack stands in the back of Mr. Wells’ garage, where it remained until its discovery by a Jaguar collector with a passion for unrestored, original examples.

Other than sympathetic attention to the braking system and cooling system, the XK120 has been left in its undisturbed condition. Amazingly, the paintwork remains largely original, with the exception of some touch-ups on the front end. Similarly, the leather upholstery and carpets are beautifully preserved, with only one small section on the passenger’s seat in need of repair. The undercarriage retains factory chalk marks and the condition of the chassis attests to its 14,850 original miles.

Remarkably, this Jaguar is offered with its original top; tires; windshield glass; key fobs; spark plug loom; and original Lucas batteries, complete with their top caps. In addition, the XK retains its side curtains (unused and enclosed in the original wrapping), factory-delivered tool kit, jack and gasket set, as well as wooden pegs designed for use with a rarely seen dealer-optioned luggage rack.

The sale of this car is further accompanied by a file of documentation that includes ownership records; receipts; the operating, maintenance, and service handbook; as well as the factory warranty in the envelope addressed to Dr. Fremont. There is even a logbook kept by Mr. Wells that records various expenses from fuel purchases to registration costs. A gorgeous example of a beloved model, this XK120 is certain to please any collector seeking well-preserved style.