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1950 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Roadster

1 of 240 Alloy-Bodied Roadsters Built. Extremely Rare, Restored, Matching Numbers Example.

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VIN 670123
Exterior Color Powder Blue
Interior Color Black and Grey
Mileage 151 Miles
Engine 3.4 Litre Inline 6-Cylinder no. W1224-8
Transmission 4-Speed Manual
Status Sold
Stock FJ1212

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1950 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Roadster
Chassis No. 670123, Engine No. W1224-8
Powder Blue with Black and Grey Interior

Following World War II, the economically battered United Kingdom staggered back into the global industrial market by hurriedly rushing warmed over prewar cars into production. Thus, the entirely new and thoroughly modern XK 120 was a genuinely earth-shattering car, a truly contemporary and avant-garde car to boost the morale of Britons, and demonstrate to the world the resiliency of the United Kingdom. Introduced in 1948 as a concept car to showcase Jaguar`s remarkable new twin-cam inline-6 cylinder engine, the XK 120 was never intended to go into full scale production. However, its breathtaking, swoopy, and beautiful styling as well as its genuine 120 mph performance (not to mention the surprisingly affordable price) captured the imagination of the public, and the largely hand-built aluminum-bodied car was rushed into limited production. Jaguar was selling as many as they could make, so the car was reengineered as necessary to switch to mass production with steel bodies. Just 240 aluminum examples were built before the switch to steel, making the lighter and more handmade aluminum cars both rare and desirable.

This is one such alloy car, an excellent matching-numbers example that has been restored to high standards in its original color combination. It is among the last alloy bodied cars built, and was restored in the early 1990’s while in the ownership of a fastidious and dedicated Jaguar collector in Florida. Extremely knowledgeable about the intricacies and arcane details of the XK Jags, he set out to create the very best example possible, and succeeded. He showed the car in Jaguar Clubs of North America events, consistently scoring over 99 points, including a 99.98 in June of 1995. Since being shown, the car has been carefully stored and consistently maintained, and it remains in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. Its current owner is a highly respected collector with a very impressive collection. He purchased the car in 2005, and is selling it only because he has purchased an earlier alloy XK120, chassis number 670001. This car has been recently tuned and fitted with a new battery, and runs very well.

Cosmetically, the car is stunning, having been carefully stored since the restoration. The body is extremely straight and displays great gaps, and the paintwork was applied to the highest standards and remains in excellent shape, with only a few small blemishes like a very small surface crack where the left door meets the front fender. The chrome was done to equally high standards and remains excellent. All trim, lights, and glass are also excellent. The top is in beautiful shape and the car has a full tonneau cover and restored side curtains with canvas bag.

The interior is also excellent. The leather is in great shape and is nicely mellowed, and the carpets are also in fine shape. The dashboard was well-restored and remains in excellent shape, including all switches and instruments. The steering wheel and emblem are equally nice, save for a very small crack where one of the spokes of the wheel meets the hub.

The engine compartment remains quite fresh and tidy in appearance, with correct detailing and finishes throughout. As an aluminum car, the bonnet is noticeably lighter than that of a steel XK120. The trunk was nicely restored with carpets to match those of the interior. The air pump and jack are both present, as is the spare, which was also restored and wears a correct matching tire.

This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a world-class example of one of the most iconic and significant cars of the 20th century. A genuine aluminum XK120 roadster, this car is finished in its original colors, is a matching numbers example, and is complete with full weather equipment. It has been carefully kept in prestigious collections and will be a prestigious addition to any collection

 


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