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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 15th-17th at Russo and Steele’s 13th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Between 1949 and 1954, there were 12,078 examples of the XK120 produced. Over 10,000 were left-hand drive meaning many were destined for export. The XK120 Jaguar was introduced at earl’s Court, London, in 1948. It was an instant hit due to its beauty, reasonable cost, and outstanding performance. It was years ahead of its rivals in many ways, especially engine design. The 120 carried a 3.4-liter, dual overhead cam, inline six producing 160 horsepower, propelling the car to 132 MPH, which was unheard of speed for a production car. Production cars were ready by July of 1949, with the early examples constructed from aluminum. After 240 aluminum-bodied cars were built, the bodies were changed over to steel construction. The cars were immediate cult icons. Piloted by the rich and famous, such as Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, and Jayne Mansfield, the XK 120 cut a dashing figure on Sunset Boulevard and on the racetrack.
This one-owner car from new has always been garaged and both the colors and mileage are original. Purchased and owned in Tucson, Arizona, this XK120 is a complete matching numbers example that has never suffered damage, rust, or collision damage. The body is filler-free and features aluminum bonnet, doors, and trunk, and optional fender skirts and bumper guards complement it. One of 3,349 produced in total and clearly benefiting from an expensive, body-off-frame professional restoration, the XK120 is accompanied at auction by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate and an optional accessory toolkit.