1953 JAGUAR XK120 ROAD­STER

ES­TI­MATE £60-65k

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

Many Jaguar XKs had changed hands sev­eral times by the late 1960s, slid­ing from brand­new cars sit­ting in plush main Jaguar deal­er­ships to bomb­site fod­der at bor­der­line banger sta­tus. This 1953 XK120 bucks that trend, hav­ing been in one fam­ily’s own­er­ship since 1959, when the ven­dor’s fa­ther be­came its third owner – he used to work on the car as a me­chanic at the garage where it had been sold pre­vi­ously. Hav­ing been cam­paigned in hill climbs and track races, the orig­i­nal en­gine was re­placed by a 3.8, com­plete with a light­ened fly­wheel and ported cylin­der head; in­deed it won the fastest car of the day award at the Wis­combe Park hill climb in 1966. Re­painted in its orig­i­nal Suede Green (but re­tain­ing its orig­i­nal green hide) this is a great find.

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