AS PART OF OUR UNIQUE SERVICE, WE WERE APPROACHED BY THE NEW OWNER TO SOURCE AND PREPARE A CAR OF HIS DREAMS. SIMILAR MODELS CAN BE SOURCED FOR DISCERNING CUSTOMERS. PLEASE CONTACT US.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1951 | COLOUR: SILVER | INTERIOR TRIM: MID RED LEATHER | PRICE: SOURCED & SECURED
MODEL HISTORY & PRODUCTION
The XK120 was launched in (OTS) Open Two-Seater or (US) Roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a testbed to showcase a car for the new Jaguar XK engine designed by Jaguar Chief Engineer William Heynes. The display car was the first prototype, chassis number 660001. It looked almost identical to the production cars except that the straight outer pillars of its windscreen were curved on the production version. The sports car caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and Chairman William Lyons to put it into production.
Beginning in 1948, the first 242 cars wore wood-framed open 2-seater bodies with aluminium panels. Production switched to the heavier (50kg) steel bodied XK120 in early 1950. The "120" in the name referred to the aluminium car's 120 mph (193 km/h) top speed (faster with the windscreen removed & record breaking "Jabbeke" XK), which made it the world's fastest production car at the time of its launch.
The XK120 was ultimately available in three versions or body styles, first as an OTS described in the US market as a roadster then as a fixed head coupé (FHC) from 1951 and finally as a drophead coupé (DHC) from 1953. All two-seaters and available with Left (LHD) or Right Hand Drive (RHD). However, certain Special Equipment roadster and fixed head coupe cars were produced between 1948 and 1949 denoted by an 'S' preceding the chassis number. These Special Equipment cars were sold as an early production build.
Having seen our bespoke project for David Gandy, the new owner contacted us. His brief was precise, down to colour & final specification. Parry Chana of Lux Classics guided & advised him who entrusted him to find the right XK120.
"After rejecting so many in the open market that either did not meet the brief or had unknown histories we were delighted to secure this vehcile to his brief & specification from our network of collectors without going to the open market"
Parry Chana - Collector & Founder/Owner of Lux Classics
“I wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for your amazing assistance in helping me source a Jaguar XK120. Your reactivity, integrity and professionalism is second to none and I would have no hesitation in highly recommending you and your team. The service was absolutely first rate, head and shoulders above my historic experiences with the competition. Thanks so much to you and all the Lux Classics team.“
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