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Jaguar’s postwar styling language is derived from the XK120, and the graceful shape of this beautiful roadster is timeless. On the straight piece of highway near Jabbeke in Belgium, an XK120 achieved over 132 mph, prompting Californian Autonews to comment: “It is typically British that Jaguars never claimed more than 120 mph for this car.”
Available from the wide-ranging and prominent collection of a private collector, where it has received expert care, this is perhaps the purest form of the XK. The Jaguar presents in British Racing Green with chrome wire wheels, beautifully offset by a tan leather interior. This left-hand-drive example dates from toward the end of the 1954 production run, and is built to the higher-power SE specification. In 2004, a full restoration was carried out, and since then the XK120 Roadster has been enjoyed sparingly, covering a few hundred miles each year and, in total, less than 2,500 since restoration. Service records also show regular maintenance, such as fluid changes; new tires installed in 2013; and work to ensure continued drivability. The driver’s seat was adjusted for rake and re-cushioned, the transmission linkage adjusted, and a new brake master cylinder fitted.
The clean lines of the roadster, its SE specification, and the attractive color combination set this car apart. The documented excellent care it has received makes it a particularly appealing example.