Lot 85

2018   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2018

1953 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster

SOLD $110,000


$120,000 - $140,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Matching-Numbers Engine Block per JDHT Certificate
Desirable High-Performance SE Model
Frame-Off Restoration in 2015 by Tom Jaycox
Handsome Original Color Scheme of Battleship Grey over Red Leather
Discreet Upgrades for Performance

Technical Specs

3,442 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU H8 Sand-Cast Carburetors
210 BHP at 5,750 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Jaguar roared back to sports car prominence with the postwar introduction of the XK120, which became an instant favorite for rallies and racing. Predictably, enthusiasts craved more performance – resulting in the SE “Special Equipment” model, which featured dual exhaust, revised camshafts, and wire wheels.

The SE offered here received a nut-and-bolt restoration completed in July 2015 with an emphasis toward spirited driving. The engine was rebuilt by noted XK race-engine builder Antech in Monterey, Massachusetts. Rare, optional SU H8 sand-cast carburetors and a C-Type specification cylinder head were substituted to provide peak horsepower while maintaining a relatively stock, if uprated, specification. Other improvements include a more modern five-speed gearbox, aluminum radiator, electric fan, oil cooler, and a discreetly hidden alternator with corresponding negative-ground conversion.

The paint and frame-off assembly work were completed by Jaguar specialist Tom Jaycox of Canaan, Connecticut, utilizing the original color scheme of Battleship Grey over Red leather. A new wiring harness was fitted during the chassis rebuild. A wood-rim steering wheel was also added, along with a hydraulic clutch conversion and modified pedal box, which increases comfort for taller drivers. New 60-spoke painted wire wheels and Blockley tires complete the aggressive, near-stock appearance. The finished car is an extremely handsome example of a fully restored SE Roadster, with tasteful performance and reliability upgrades to maximize its next owner’s enjoyment.