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1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

  • Numbers-matching block and transmission XK120 Roadster 'garage find'
  • Patinated all-original example
  • An exact factory replica of the "Jabbeke Jag" that broke the land speed record in 1949
  • Retains its original jack and toolkit

VIN: 670928

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The Jaguar XK120 is one of the most beautiful post-war automobiles ever envisioned. With voluptuous front fenders that swept back to a provocative taper, it captured everything that was glamorous and daringly stylistic after nearly a decade of ash and blitzkrieg. Yet, the British firm never sacrificed form over function. The XK120 was named for its then-astonishing feat of sustaining 120 miles per hour with rumbling ease. This enchantingly patinaed roadster is an exact tribute of the race car that broke the land-speed record at Jabbeke, Belgium on May 30, 1949, as a weathered plaque on its dash will attest.

The XK120 caused a sensation when it debuted at the 1948 Earl's Court Motor Show. It was Jaguar's first sports car since the war and the model would elevate the marque into super stardom. Beneath the bonnet lurked an inline six-cylinder, 3.4-litre engine, mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, with a whopping 160 horsepower that could sustain 120 miles per hour without breaking a sweat. It boasts a DOHC 3.4-litre, inline six-cylinder engine mated two twin SU H6 carburetors.

This matching-numbers, all-original Jaguar was previously titled to Anne Marie Luke of Costa Mesa, California, before being discovered by Dennis Collins, of YouTube's Coffee Walk, in Wylie, Texas. During Mrs. Luke's ownership, the enchanting old Jabbeke replica was enjoyed then garage stored sometime in the mid-1970s. The patina on this glorious motorcar is extensive yet heartbreakingly beautiful. As data tags, body stamp and engine stamp will attest, it is a great opportunity for an all-original, numbers-matching restoration or for even a patinaed racecar. A plaque on the dash reads, "Certified that this Jaguar Car is an exact replica of the record-breaking car which achieved the top speed of 132.6 mph at Jabbeke, Belgium 30 May, 1949." It is signed by Chief Engineer, William Heynes, of Jaguar Cars LTD, Coventry, England.

The stylized white body rests on its red racing wheels with chrome Jaguar centers. Although rust and patina are prevalent throughout, everything on this car is original aside from a replaced cylinder head. Looking at the underside of the car, you can see wood panels, which appear to reinforce the floorboards, but everything else on the chassis, body and engine are original to the car. The original convertible frame is also present, although it needs upholstery. The Bordeaux Red leather seats are ripped, cracking and foxed, but they too are all-original to the car. The dash is deeply patinaed, but the Smiths instruments are present and striking. This magnificent, old roadster starts and runs with an external fuel source. The original toolkit and jack are also present and ready to round out the all-original package for its next owner. In its current state, this XK120 is pretty incredible, and it is primed to be the whole package for anyone with an eye toward restoration.


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