1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

Owner is telling us in late 1994 the car was sent to marque specialists XK Engineering Limited in the United Kingdom for a full restoration. This work included rebuilding the engine from the cylinder block up, paint, upholstery, chrome, the electronic, suspension, brake, and steering systems, among other work. Even the Motorola radio was restored. The process was carried out in a no expense spared fashion, and at the time of completion in 1996, the invoiced totals came to $67,821. In addition to the copious restoration receipts, also on file are detailed invoices for regular upkeep over the last fifteen years, included notes on an upgrade to a Petronix ignition system. In 2009 new period appropriate tires were installed.
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. Though the roadster was the first model, the drophead coupe preserved the open air experience, but added the convenience and luxury of wood dashboard and door caps, windup windows, external door handles, quarter windows, and proper insulated top. We love the car in white.  Who needs British Racing Green.  Find this car here at Fantasy Junction for $89,500 asking


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