Lot 19

2015   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2015

1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

SOLD $165,000


$175,000 - $225,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

One of the Finest Restored XK120s
Three-Time JCNA National Champion
Single Family Ownership from 1958–2005
Restored by the Palisi Family and Became Multiple Show Winner
Finished in Cream with Red and Tan Leather Interior

Technical Specs

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

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled by its engine number.

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The original Jaguar XK120 Roadster was built in only six weeks for London’s 1948 Earls Court Motor Show. William Lyons hoped to sell about 100 XK120s a year, but after constructing 240 aluminum bodies, steel was pressed into service to meet demand. The XK120s combined sensuous lines with dazzling performance and the roadster proved to be most popular, with 7,631 built between 1949 and 1954.

This roadster was sold by Max Hoffman in 1953 and acquired from its first owner by the Palisi family in 1958. They competed with the XK120 at JCNA Empire Division events in the 1960s, winning best-performing Jaguar at the Lime Rock Park time trials in 1967. A restoration by Tom Palisi Sr. and Jr. led to three JCNA National Championships, victory at the 1998 50th anniversary XK120 event, Best of Show at the South Florida Jaguar Club in 2006, the 2002 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Amelia Award, Best of Show at the 2003 Festival of Exotic Cars at Mount Dora, and Best Sports Car at Dunedin in 2003–2004.

Upon acquiring this XK120 in 2005, the consignor directed Vantage Motors in Stamford, Connecticut, to attend to anything necessary. The documented overhaul totaled $22,319. Showing 64,089 miles, this roadster comes with a JDHT Certificate, manuals, tools, unused side screens, and a soft top. This Jaguar XK120 is ready to be enjoyed on the concours circuit or open road.