Auction News: 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Monday 18 May 2015

The 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster is one of the highlights of the H&H Auction, taking place on Saturday 11 July.

The XK120 model debuted at the 1948 British International Motor Show at Earl’s Court and while Jaguar expected to sell no more than 200 in the first year, the demand for what was then world’s fastest production car completely took the manufacturer by surprise. 

With a top speed of 120mph, the 3.4-litre straight-six engine embodied the best of modern design, boasting twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminium-alloy cylinder head, seven main bearings and a maximum output of 160bhp. The XK120 set new standards for comfort, roadholding and performance for British sports cars and there was nothing close to it in a similar price range.

The Jaguar XK120 (LX0 108) offered for sale is the 409th right hand drive car produced and was originally dispatched to Henlys, London.  The car is an original UK-supplied example that retains its London registration number and was driven in the Jaguar Race by A. Hoffman at the West Essex Car Club's Boreham Meeting in May 1951. Other competitors that day included Reg Parnell (Maserati 4CLT), Dennis Poore (Alfa Romeo 8C 35), Sydney Allard (Allard J2) and Tony Rolt (ERA Delage).

It is supplied for sale from a significant private collection where it has remained for the last five years, cherished by its owner but little used. Prior to its current ownership, the XK120 was in the possession of Kevin Wooding of Hurst Park Motors between 2009 and 2010 and previously by Dr. Matthews who had owned the car for more than 30 years.

The car underwent body-off chassis restoration between 1983 and 1987 and has covered minimal mileage since. It is fitted with a 3.8-litre engine, twin exhausts, Monza filler cap, Brooklands aero-screens and other period sporting components. The car is finished in Old English White with a red leather interior and comes complete with the correct jack, winder, wheel brace and tonneau cover.

Described as in generally excellent condition, the XK120 is MOT exempt, offered with old-style buff logbook, V5 and a comprehensive history file.

Estimate £100,000–£120,000
Reg Number LXO 108
Chassis Number 660409
Engine Number NC2257-8
CC 3781
Body Colour White
Trim Colour Red

The Chateau Impney Hill Climb auction takes place on Saturday 11 July at 2pm.  Entry is free for all Chateau Hill Climb ticket holders, and you can register to bid on the day or prior to the event. Auction catalogues will be available to purchase on the day. To find out more about H&H, or register your interest for the Hill Climb auction, please visit www.classic-auctions.com.

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