Lot 46

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster

SOLD $121,000


$140,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve




F 1093-8S

Car Highlights

Matching-Numbers Engine Documented by JDHT Certificate
Desirable SE Model with Upgraded Transmission, Brakes, and Starter
Older High-Quality Restoration that Still Presents Beautifully
Offered from Long-Term Ownership in a Prominent California Collection
Accompanied by Jack, Tonneau Cover, Side Curtain Frames, and Car Cover

Technical Specs

3,442 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
210 BHP at 5,750 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Disc, Rear Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Introduced in 1948 and the first of the legendary XK series, the Jaguar XK120 possessed head-turning styling and inspiring performance that made this model an instant classic. With its name alluding to its top speed of 120 mph, the XK120 was one of the fastest cars of its time.

This particular XK120 SE was dispatched to the Hornburg dealership in Los Angeles in 1954, and much of its early history is unknown. It was the recipient of an impressive restoration in the mid-1990s that still presents very well. Originally green, Chassis S674322 was refinished in vibrant Signal Red matched to a black leather interior. After restoration, the car was sold to the consignor, a prominent California collector, in 1997.

This Jaguar benefits from a few well-documented practical upgrades that improve performance and driveability without disturbing its character. The original four-speed transmission was replaced with a five-speed unit, while the original front drum brakes were changed over to discs. A high-torque starter was also fitted. The original transmission and front brakes are included with the car. As an SE model, the engine sports the high-performance cylinder head, which increased output from the standard 160 hp to 210 hp.

An opportunity not to be missed, this handsome XK120 SE Roadster presents the best of both worlds: a Jaguar with all the style and grace of a stock XK that can thrill passengers on the open road.