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1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe



1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe
1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe


1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe

RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2010
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 181 - Sold at a price of $71,500

Est. 180 bhp, 3,442 cc twin overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine with C-Type cylinder head, four-speed manual transmission, front independent torsion bar suspension and semi-elliptic leaf springs in the rear, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102".

Originally designed to maintain public interest in the company, Jaguar envisioned the new XK120 as a hand built specialty vehicle of just 200 alloy-bodied, ash-framed units. However, the demand for the new postwar Jaguar was so high after its debut at the 1948 London Motor Show that Jaguar Cars of Coventry was forced to put the vehicle into production.

Throughout its production run from 1948 to 1954, the XK120 was available in three different body style options. Offered at first only in the roadster version, or "OTS" in America, which stood for "open two-seater," it was later available as a fixed head coupe, or "FHC," in 1951 and finally in 1953 as a true convertible, or drophead coupe. Aside from the original 240 alloy-bodied examples, the drophead coupe was by far the rarest, with only 1,767 examples produced, compared with 2,680 fixed head coupes and 7,374 open two seaters. Not only was the drophead coupe the rarest of the production vehicles, it was also the most luxurious, featuring an elegant walnut-veneer wood dash and trim on the doors, wind-up windows, a fixed wind screen and a padded canvas convertible top that folded back onto the rear deck when not in use. In essence, it combined the finest in Jaguar luxury with open air motoring thrills, better weather protection and a fantastic twin overhead cam six-cylinder engine. The combination was unbeatable!

This lovely XK120 was acquired by the current owner last year from Kyle Grim of Columbus, Ohio, who specializes in Jaguar restorations and is well respected in the industry. Grim's restoration was a complete frame-up project that lasted about one year. As presented, the car is finished in red with a tan interior with lovely woodwork. A matching numbers example, the engine was outfitted with the upgraded C-Type cylinder head during restoration. Since its acquisition, the car has been driven sparingly and has been maintained in the owner's climate controlled garage. Additionally, the vendor commissioned additional mechanical and electrical work to ensure the car runs and drives without any problems. All of the maintenance records will be available for review in the auction office onsite at Amelia Island. A well sorted example, complete with the proper tool roll, it is ready to be driven and enjoyed by its next owner.

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