When it comes to the XK120 there’s very few words that can be used to describe this superb classic and give it the justification it deserves. This car in our opinion is one the greatest British cars to ever be produced. Beautifully designed, incredibly engineered, this car is sublime but it’s not just a historic piece of metal. It seems to encourage delight and joy, especially if you're ever lucky enough to get behind the wheel.
Its unique charisma is infectious, it draws attention and love from onlookers and owners alike, it is without question a monumental classic and incredibly desirable. This ‘54 Roadster SE comes with added desirability thanks to it being driven and homed entirely in California up until its import to the UK in 2020.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
Partial mechanical history present
Decades of California registration cards
This 1954 Roadster left the factory with a one way ticket to California, United States, where it has spent its entire life up until 2020 where it was imported to the UK by a Jaguar enthusiast and collector.
Owned only by three individuals before being imported, the car comes with a folder of history, including an article about its first owners who took the car to Daytona speed week winning several races and achieving history as this car was raced by the first woman winner ever at San Gabriel Drag Strip.
Original bill of sale is present, plus decades of California registration cards which help to provide ample proof of its life in the golden state. Since arriving in the United Kingdom, it has very much lived undriven and as part of a small classic Jaguar collection. It has been garaged, covered and admired for the last few years by a passionate individual. This original car is so rare, with its complete original body and beautiful patina. Retains all original panels with no rust due to its life in California.
Majority of interior still in untouched factory trim
Retrimmed leather seats
Original related wear throughout
The interior of this XK120 is predominantly original factory trim, apart from the obvious re-trimming of the seats. As the car is almost entirely untouched, signs of age are frequent throughout. If restoration to perfection is the goal for the future owner, then almost all carpet and leather time items will need replacing.
The dials and gauges are all operational plus the original steering wheel seems to be in fine order, but the dash, door cards and floor will need attention if the desired goal is to take this car back to its original glory. To be honest, to us the signs of age add to its attraction, the wear tells a story, it showcases the car’s 68 years of existence and to us that is just as beautiful as a showroom car.
Original cream paint
Chrome work appears good
The XK120 is an undeniably beautiful, masculine car with beautiful curves and sporty stance. The sheer beauty of these car’s make it one of the finest looking cars ever to be produced, it is uniquely gorgeous, superbly designed and in our opinion a classic that's difficult to aesthetically compete with.
The original Cream paint is a fitting colour and a nice accompaniment to the red interior. There’s next to no sign of any wear or damage on the paint, a real testament to the Californian weather it has been fortunate to have lived.
It’s unknown if any restoration to the paintwork has been carried out, with no invoices present, the chrome bumpers and trims look in great order, again with no sign of pitting or blemishes, the car's exterior simply put is wonderful and just emits class.
3.4L straight six
Runs and drives
On arrival, the car was started and manoeuvred into a better position for the photographer. Initially, there was a bit of hesitation but this was put down to the car being unused for a period of time. The 3.4L straight-six roared into action after a few moments and performed confidently as the car was driven a short distance around the property. Incredible exhaust note from the SE Engine with its very efficient twin piped exhaust system.
The noise from these cars is unforgettable, a great British rumble shakes the ground and inflicts pure excitement to anyone in close proximity. An invoice for some work carried out over in the states in 2010 and some images of the engine out are also present, it's unknown if these relate to each other but it's obvious from the pictures that some kind of restoration has been carried out in the past.
A black plate, California XK120. That's all we really needed to say! These cars are timeless and incredibly sought after and this Roadster SE provides a huge opportunity for someone to own a car that will forever be remembered as one of the most great cars to ever be produced.
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1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster SE* (LHD)
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