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1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster photographed by RemarkableCars.com at the Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction, Amelia Island, Florida, March 13, 2010..

1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Pictures

1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Side View

Auction Results: $74,250
1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Rear View

Auction Results: $74,250
       

1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2009
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 131 - Sold at a price of $74,250

160 bhp, 3,442 cc inline six-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse wishbones, elongated torsion bars and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102".

During World War II, Jaguar founder William Lyons and his engineers used the hiatus in production to design what would become the world's first high-volume twin cam engine. The engine was completed well before the Mark V series saloon for which it was intended; Lyons took advantage of the situation and designed an open two-seat sports model to showcase the new XK-series engine. It was conceived as a low production roadster to demonstrate the XK's performance and was clothed in hand-hammered aluminum body panels, with production of only 200 units planned.

The XK120's introduction at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show was a sensation, immediately overshadowing the sporting sedans that were Jaguar's bread and butter. A journalist in attendance commented, "all preconceived notions as to what was a series-production sports car disappeared overnight." William Lyons, never one to miss a commercial opportunity, recognized the XK120's potential and commissioned tooling for steel bodywork so that the car could be produced in quantity.

The XK120's body was a fresh, minimalist design with gracefully flowing curves, while the modern chassis provided excellent handling. The new car's model designation, intended to represent its top speed, proved an understatement when factory test driver Ron Sutton was clocked on a Belgian road at over 130 mph.

The O'Quinn Collection's XK120 is a lovely example, finished in the sporting combination of black with red leather interior and matching carpets. The car presents very well, and the exterior paint is very nice, generally devoid of major imperfections, save for a couple smaller dings and a few scratches on the trunk lid. The engine bay is of the same quality, presents nicely and seems to be period correct as well, with proper fittings and wiring throughout. The sporting wire wheels are shod with whitewall tires, and there's also a spare in the trunk. The odometer currently shows 62,524 miles.

With excellent performance, handling and balance, XK120s are wonderful driver's cars and an absolute joy to drive. This example is sure to offer its next enthusiast owner those same thrills, be it on a country road or leisurely weekend trip.

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