1954 JAGUAR XK120 SE ROADSTER
Chassis No. S 674966
Engine No. F 2073-8S
Opalescent blue with blue and grey leather interior and blue top
Engine: straight six, double overhead camshaft, H8 sand cast carburetors, 3,422cc, c180bhp at 5,250rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: front, independent with double wishbones and longitudinal torsion bars, rear, live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: hydraulic four wheel drum. Left hand drive.
Few cars remain as instantly recognizable as the Jaguar XK120; its graceful and all-enveloping shape influenced the changing design of post-war sports cars. Its original conception was little more than a test bed for the new twin cam engine devised by Bill Heynes while on Coventry fire-watching duties on the roof of the SS Jaguar manufacturing plant in the later stages of the War. However, its appearance at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show was met with hundreds of people clamoring to own one of the most seductive and rapid cars of the era. Instead of the few hand-built cars intended, Jaguar had to prepare for serious production.
Introduced as a roadster at the London Show in 1948, 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 24hour victories between 1951 and 1957.
The car offered here was originally delivered sold by Bill Frick Motors of Long Island, New York on 6 April 1954 to Mr. Denis A. Sourwine of Brooklyn, New York for the sum of $3,300. The XK120 remained in Mr. Sourwine's care (having moved to Illinois) until 10 February 1989 with just 21,161 miles when it was sold to a dealer named D-Power of Buda, Texas. Later that same year it was then sold by Rick Cole Auctions in August 1989 to the Old Philadelphia Motor Company. The XK120 resided there for just over four years when it went through a series of quick transactions including the Blackhawk Collection and Symbolic Motor Cars until finally joining the care of Mr. Jake Weaver of Ridgeland, Mississippi on 8 February 1994. The car spent the almost 10 years with Mr. Weaver before being sold to its current owner. Showing a mere 21,260 miles this XK120 appears in stunning condition. Complete with the original bill of sale, owners' manual, tools, spare tire, jack, fitted Jaguar luggage and charming white wall tires, the interior is finished in an extremely rare two-tone leather. Mechanically this XK120 is completely sorted with all systems operating at peak performance.
Christie's is pleased to present such an incredibly fine example with such limited and well documented ownership. Arguably, this may well be one of the finest examples available.