Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe


An recent extract from Jaguar World Magasine perfectly encapsulates this lovely Jaguar XK120. "The years take their toll on the older car and few examples escape the ravages of time, with many examples going through the restoration process. It is therefore refreshing to find the occasional survivor, that although having had a degree of work during its lifetime, has come through with an incredible amount of preserved integrity. I like to think that # 669035 is one such example".







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No one could have expected the Jaguar XK120 to receive such a sensational reaction when unveiled at the 1948 London Motot Show. First displayed as a Roadster, the XK120 was the first offering featuring the legendary XK engine, and also the firm's first step back into the sports car market since production of the SS100 ceased in 1941. By the time production stopped in 1954, 12.054 XK120's had been produced but only 195 right hand drives FHC's, making them extremely rare and sought after cars.

First registered on 16th July 1953, #669035 was delivered to a Mr Douglas of Aberfeldy, Scotland. The car went on to live a "storied" life with ties to Ecurie Ecosse racing team and custodianship by renowned Jaguar enthusiasts Robert Kerr and Charles Fripp. The car also featured prominently in Philip Porter's highly respected "Original Jaguar XK, The Restorer's Guide".

Throughout this time, #669035 remained in remarkably original condition, a result of its enthusiast ownership. The car's factory specified Pastel Blue paintwork has gained just a few minor blemishes and an unrepeatable patina, while the biscuit interior has been cherished since new and as a result, has aged beautifully.

Components which often succumb to age are in this car are preserved, such as the interior burr walnut dashboard and door cappings, along the exterior chrome, all of which remain in beautiful, original condition.

As you would expect the history file is simply bulging with wonderful period produced content, the perfect and first example of this is the original 1953 UK log book that highlights the first owner "John George Douglas", its run through the Nicoll family and ownership by Jaguar fanatic "Robert S Kerr". There's further correspondence and letter's between its later notable owners too.

The Jaguar's chassis, engine, body and gearbox stamped numbers are again all correct and match perfectly the original chassis plate which in itself is a visual treat!

The original detail and preservation is phenomenal, casting an eye around the exterior, your eye is drawn to such small details as the over-rider mount assembly with its correct UNF dome nuts, the original and correctly stamped "TripleX" glass, Lucas "Tripod" headlamps with correct mountings and screws and the ornate Lucas 513 side-lamps with their red plastic Lucas visual indicator....normally broken and replaced with something inferior.

The original fuel filler cap is even present, as are the rear wheel spats, both kept in place by a "budget lock" operated by the correct period T-Key.

Twin Burgess exhausts were available from mid 1951 in either black or silver, the one fitted here is reasonably new and correct in period black.

One component you could easily overlook, is the additional Lucas spot-lamp fitted behind the radiator grill, it pre-date 1972 and can be seen in a number of photographs whilst in the custody of Bob Kerr.

The engine bay is exactly as you would wish to see, adorned with period service stickers, beautifully detailed H6 carbs, an original Lucas B12/L ignition coil, still working perfectly, as are both the Lucas C.45/PVS/S Special Equipment Dynamo and Lucas C.2530 Control Box.

Correct period styled hoses with the original cadmium plated "Cheney" hose clips are in place, as is the "Trico" washer bottle and associated vacuum operated pump. The assemblies for the oil filter, handbrake and SU fuel pump, once again, are all present and correct.

For me the interior is perhaps the most remarkable, insomuch the quality of the materials used in period has undoubtedly helped preserve what is perhaps, the best of the best I've ever seen. Still retaining its original instrument board, proven by the body number written on the rear-side of the dash, the burr walnut veneers are in outstanding condition as are the labelled and stamped Smiths dials, less a stand alone Lucas Ammeter which is correct.

The luggage area and tools are all original and present, even the Tecalemit grease gun is in situ.

Original, authentic and unmolested, #669035 is a rare piece of Jaguar history....something the judges at Palm Beach Concours concurred with, as it was highly placed in their 'Best Perserved' class.

Only available now due to a family bereavement, so a unrepeatable opportunity to purchase what must be one of the very best XK 120 available today

It would be a pleasure to answer any questions you might have. However, to really appreciate this remarkable Jaguar, it needs to be seen “in the flesh”, so do please call me directly on 07788 865700 to arrange a viewing.

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