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The sublime lines and deft curves of Malcolm Sayers’ celebrated design for the XK120 roadster continue to improve with age, as demonstrated by this beautifully restored example.
According to a Heritage Certificate from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, this handsome XK was manufactured at the Coventry, England, plant on June 22, 1954, and subsequently dispatched for Hornburg Jaguar in Los Angeles three days later. The final left-hand-drive XK120 roadster was produced just two months later, so it is safe to assume that this car was one of the last several hundred examples manufactured.
Finished in light gray paint with a red interior, this XK120 was optioned with the upgraded Special Equipment package, which included a more powerfully rated engine (featuring higher-lift camshafts from the C-Type racer), a stiffer suspension, knock off wire wheels, and dual exhaust pipes.
Though little is currently known of this roadster’s early history, by 2000 the car was acquired by Walt Osborne of Vintage Jaguar Works. Mr. Osborne completely rebuilt the original matching-numbers engine, and began a full restoration before deciding to sell the car in 2001 to the current owner, a Utah-based enthusiast.
The consignor continued to refurbish the car, retaining marque specialist Lundquist Restorations to expertly freshen the coachwork and chassis. Merlin Berg then sprayed the exterior in a sensational two-stage metallic finish paint based on the original color, while Dale Hancock installed a brand-new interior in the original shade of red and a new soft top. He also undertook a number of tasteful upgrades, including the addition of Koni adjustable front shocks, a sealed 12-volt battery, a stainless steel exhaust system, and polyurethane suspension bushings, all of which contribute to smoother and more reliable performance.
Completed in 2005, the exhaustive five-year restoration debuted in stunning fashion at the 2005 Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance, where the car earned first place among all XK models with 99.68 points. Over the next few years, the roadster garnered numerous Best in Class awards at local JCNA-judged events of the Wasatch Mountain Jaguar Register and at the 2005 Utah Concours d’Elegance.
Accompanied by a correct tool kit, a matching wire-wheel spare, and a set of color-matched custom-fitted luggage, this exceptionally restored XK120 is also documented with a heritage certificate, restoration receipts, and numerous photographs of the restoration process. It is assured by the consignor to exhibit excellent operating condition and promises the singular pleasure of open-air post-war British motoring at its finest, as well as the potential for further exhibition acclaim.