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  • Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe 1953 (Historic Plate) Red

    Description

    The Jaguar XK120 was launched at the 1948 London Motor Show and caused a sensation. It was fitted with the newly developed XK 3.4 litre Engine producing 160bhp and the '120' referred to its 120mph top speed which made it the world's fastest standard production car at the time of its launch.

    The first model was the 'Roadster' or OTS for 'open two-seater' in America and the Fixed-Head Coupe (FHC) came along in 1951 followed by the Drop-Head Coupe (DHC) in 1953. The DHC was a deluxe model with wind-up windows, opening quarter lights, an easy pull up and down padded and lined canvas Soft Top which folded onto the rear deck behind the seats when retracted, wood-veneered Dashboard and wooden Door cappings. It is also the rarest variant amongst the XK120 models with only 1,767 produced and of these 1,472 were LHD and mostly destined for the USA.

    This beautiful Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe - Chassis Number: 677102 & Engine Number: W8365-8 is a 'matching numbers' car as confirmed by the Jaguar Heritage Certificate and was the 101st DHC off the production line. It was supplied new by Jaguar distributor, Charles Hornburg of Los Angeles, California in the Spring of 1953.

    It was sold to a Mr A J Urquhart of Lind in Washington State in June 1953 and was registered with the number plate 83658 - the same as the Engine number of the car which was a common practice in the early 1950's in the USA.
    The car remained in his family for many years and we know that it was the subject of an extensive and professional rebuild in the mid 1990's. It was sold to an enthusiast in Virginia in 2006 and was subsequently sold in late 2010 and imported to the UK in January 2011.

    Finished in Carmen Red with Beige Leather trim, Beige Carpets, Beige Soft Top with headliner, Burr Walnut Dashboard + Door Cappings, original instrumentation, Vintage Radio, original Bakelite Steering Wheel, excellent Chrome-work all around, a superb straight six 3.4 XK Engine, 4 Speed Gearbox and 16" Chrome Wire Wheels with BF Goodrich vintage White Wall tyres.

    It has a recorded mileage of 63,750, but we cannot confirm its actual mileage from new. We were advised that it has only covered around 5,000 miles since its restoration in the USA in the mid 1990's and it was driven regularly by a previous owner in Virginia who owned the car for 5 years before it was sold and imported to the UK in 2011.

    Since arriving here, it has had a complete suspension and Brake overhaul with new shock absorbers and new anti-roll bar bushes all round, new Leather covers on Leaf Springs and new Brake Shoes all round. Mechanically it is excellent with a lovely smooth Engine with very good oil pressure and a delightful Gearbox and it drives beautifully.

    The bodywork and paintwork is extremely good and there is no visible rust or corrosion anywhere on the car. The interior trim & carpets and the Soft Top with a separate interior Headlining are also in excellent condition and the interior Burr Walnut woodwork/dashboard although original, is very good with a nice patina.

    This XK120 is a highly desirable car for classic rallies and a superb example that really must be seen and driven to be fully appreciated.

    Upon sale, the car will be given a full service and checkover and a new MOT, although this is no longer required on pre 1960 cars.

    A great investment for the future and a car that can be driven and enjoyed.

    Car on display @ our showrooms in SW London.

    Specification

    • Type -

      Convertible

    • Year -

      1953

    • Basic colour -

      Red

    • Colour name -

      Carmen

    • Transmission -

      Manual

    • Orientation -

      Left Hand Drive

    • Trim -

      Leather

    • Wheels -

      Wire

    £ 74,995


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