1953 Jaguar XK120 Factory Built Special Equipment ‘SE’ For Sale In London (LHD)
- Former 1st Class winner North America Jaguar
- Age eligible for 2019 Mille Miglia
- Factory original Special Equipment ‘SE’ with C’Type cylinder head
- Complete tool roll
- Part of a large significant collection
- Panache personified
Introduced in October 1948 at the Earls Court Motor Show in London, the Jaguar XK 120 prototype caused an instant sensation. It was initially intended as a testbed for a new engine that Jaguar chairman and design czar Sir William Lyons had planned. Public reaction to its flowing curves and styling proportions was so positive, however, that the car was quickly put into production in 1949. The XK’s “120” designation stood for its claimed top speed of 120 mph, an assertion that proved true, making it the world’s fastest production car at the time. Just the sight of one at Earls Court created nothing short of fanfare. Jaguar dealerships were overwhelmed with orders, and the car proved to be just as much of a commercial success as it was an engineering triumph.
However, as time marched on and the XK120 gained more and more competitors, Jaguar’s crack team of engineers were still able to extract more performance from the fastest production car in the world. As a result, they introduced the Special Equipment package in 1951. This optional extra outfitted the engine with high-lift camshafts, stiffer rear springs, dual exhausts, and a lightened flywheel. These enhancements allowed the 3.4-liter straight-six to produce 180 horsepower, which was a healthy 20 horsepower boost over the original XK120’s output. The addition of wire wheels also proved to have an excellent impact on the car’s overall look.
This exquisite XK120 SE Roadster was delivered new in left-hand drive form and supplied new via Hoffman’s of New York 22nd of June 1953. Finished in Suffolk Red coachwork with two-tone Biscuit hide and Fawn Mohair soft top. The car was subjected to a body off restoration where upon completion the XK was awarded a 1st class from the North America Jaguar Owners Club.
Today the XK is sitting on gleaming chrome spoke wire wheels with period Avon matching tyres, it is evident since the restoration was completed that this incredible example has had little use. Age eligible for the Mille Miglia 2019, these XK’S roadsters are hugely underrated and an appreciating classic with panache personified to match.
Complete with factory tool roll, Jaguar Heritage Certificate and photographic record of the restoration this example will simply not fail to disappoint upon viewing.
Now available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call for more information.
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