1952 Jaguar XK120

 HIGHLIGHTS 

  • 1952 Jaguar XK120 lhd
  • Well-advanced restoration to be completed
  • Much work already carried out to high standards
  • Restored bodywork 
  • Rebuilt engine
  • Many spare parts 
  • An XK120 restoration to be completed, coming with an already restored bodywork and rebuilt engine


THE APPEAL


Conceived to amaze and to offer performances beyond those allowed by all previous cars, the Jaguar XK120 is still considered the perfect roadster by many enthusiasts, a perfect balance between elegant, timeless design and mechanical excellence.
 A luxury sports car that declares its uniqueness right from its name, 120, which stands for 120 miles per hour, the up then inconceivable speed it was capable of reaching and which made it the fastest production car in the world, the XK120 set new standards of comfort, roadholding and performance and was produced until 1954.
 
The heart of the XK120 was the legendary XK engine, a sophisticated and powerful twin-overhead-camshaft 3,4 litre  160 hp inline-six that would be evolved over the years, being adopted by Jaguar until 1992.

The timeless charm of the XK120 leads to high prices and fuels interest in the restoration of these evocative classics.
Restoring an XK120 is an opportunity to see one of the most beautiful cars ever come back to life, overseeing the restoration according to personal preferences and obtaining the perfect example according to the owner's tastes.
 However, finding solid unrestored XK120s is becoming increasingly difficult, making this car particularly interesting.
 
This left-hand drive XK120 is a restoration project where much of the heavy lifting has already been completed to a high standard.
 
The bodywork was dismantled, stripped, restored, reassembled and prepared for painting, as was the chassis.
 
The model-correct engine , but of a different year as vendor explains, has been fully restored by a specialist in the UK and is fitted with new pistons and crankshaft. The flywheel has been overhauled and the clutch assembly is new.
 
All the gauges have been restored and re-calibrated.
 
The precious wooden dashboard has been restored in the past and needs to be refreshed.
 
Many spare parts and original accessories are supplied with the car, including the fabric hood and, rear wheel spats and  vent windows.  The soft top is original but needs to be redone: It lacks the two front half-windows, that is, those of the windshield, the two side windows, including the chrome frames that house them, which are not present, but the side deflectors are. Similarly, the wood finishing trims above the doors are missing, likely lost over the years it has spent in workshops, perhaps forgotten in some corner.

Originally sold in the United States and imported into Italy in 1989, this XK120 has been patiently restored over the years and needs the attention and love of a true enthusiast, to take care of the final stages of the restoration, bringing it back to its original splendour, to enjoy the pleasure of getting behind the wheel of one of the most significant sports cars of all time.
 
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THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK

  • Originally sold in the USA
  • In Italy since 1989
  • Customs bills and declaration forms
  • Original US documents

Originally sold in the United States, this Jaguar was imported in Italy in 1989.

It comes with Customs import documents and a few original US documents.
 
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THE CONDITION

  • Partially restored
  • Bodywork ready for painting
  • Restored dashboard
  • Seats in fair condition
  • Interior to be reassembled
  • Many spare parts and accessories 

This XK120 has been partially restored over the years to a high standard and many of the most expensive and demanding phases of the restoration have already been carried out.

The bodywork has been dismantled, fully stripped and brought to metal, restored, reassembled, primed and prepared for painting.
 
The floor pans have been replaced. The frame has been restored with equal care and painted with appropriate protective paint.
 
The interior includes seats in fair condition and a previously restored wooden dashboard that needs to be detailed.
 
All the gauges, correct for the model, have been restored and calibrated and are ready to be installed.

The car is also accompanied by many spare parts including the soft top, the vent windows, the rear wheel spat covers and many external and internal components and trim details.
 
The windshield and side windows are missing.
 
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THE MECHANICS

  • 3,442 cc inline six-cylinder DOHC engine with 160 hp
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Restored engine
  • New pistons
  • New crankshaft
  • Overhauled flywheel
  • New clutch assembly

This Jaguar comes with a model-correct, but different year restored engine, ready to be installed.
 
The glorious and powerful XK engine has been entrusted to the care of a UK specialist, has been fully rebuilt and is equipped with new pistons and a new crankshaft.
 
The flywheel has been overhauled and the entire clutch assembly is new.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1952
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XK120
  • Colour
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size 3442
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Roncade
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
37 bids
  • Li•••• €47,500 29/11/23
  • so•••• €47,250 29/11/23
  • Li•••• €47,000 29/11/23
  • so•••• €46,750 29/11/23
  • Li•••• €46,500 29/11/23
  • so•••• €46,250 29/11/23
  • Li•••• €46,000 29/11/23
  • so•••• €45,500 29/11/23
  • Li•••• €45,000 29/11/23
  • so•••• €44,250 29/11/23
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