16 August 1998
1954 JAGUAR XK120 M DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis No. S677919
Engine No. W9564-8S
Red with black leather interior
Engine: six cylinder in-line, double overhead camshaft, 3,422cc, c.160bhp at 5,250rpm; Gearbox: 4-speed manual; Suspension: front - independent with double wishbones and longitudinal torsion bars, rear - live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel hydraulic drums. Left hand drive.
Few cars remain so instantly recognizable as the Jaguar XK120; its graceful and all-enveloping shape influenced the changing design of post war sports cars. Introduced as a roadster in 1948 at the London Motor Show, it revolutionized the world's sports car market by providing a genuine 120mph. The superb twin-cam six cylinder engine was to become a mainstay of all future Jaguar products, and provided five Le Mans 24-hour victories between 1951 and 1957. The final variant of the XK120 was the drophead coupe which provided a more civilized version of the sports car with a fully folding and properly trimmed hood, wind-up windows and more luxurious fittings.
This model is the rarest of all XK120's. The production run, replaced by the XK140 in 1954, was short lived and only 1,767 were built. Bodywork is the standard two seater, two door convertible style with vee screen, integral projecting trunk, opening quarter windows, split front bumper bars and vertical rear overriders, superb walnut-veneered fascia panel and cappings with an easy-fold, fully lined hood.
The car offered here is one of the original Special Equipment Jaguar XK120's available after 1951. The special features comprise: chrome wire wheels; high lift cams; a lightened flywheel; larger valves; dual exhaust and Lucas fog lamps. It also comes with a tool roll and jack. This Jaguar was purchased in 1990 by the present owner and the car has lived in Beverly Hills since this time. This attractive XK is representative of a slightly older restoration. The current owner who enjoys driving his cars rather than showing them has carried out routine running maintenance. Recent work includes an oil change, carburettor tune and attention to the brakes. On a recent test drive this Jaguar performed extremely well. This special equipment Jaguar is quite resplendant in its red livery with chrome wire wheels and whitewall tires.
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