1951 JAGUAR XK120 ROADSTER
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 153
Year : 1951
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
RHD
Registration No. : TUR 25
Chassis No. : 660587
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

The XK120 was manufactured between 1948 and 1954 and was
Jaguar's first post-war sports car succeeding the SS100 which
ceased production in 1940. It was launched in roadster form at the
1948 London Motor Show as a testbed and show car for the new XK
engine and caused a sensation persuading William Lyons to put it
into production. The '120' name referred to its top speed which
made it the world's fastest standard production car at the time of
its launch. It was available in two convertible versions; first as
a roadster then also as a drophead coupé from 1953 and as a
fixedhead coupé from 1951. The iconic shape of the Jaguar XK120
roadster sustains the car's constant appreciation by classic car
enthusiasts. They are eminently usable motorcars and understandably
much coveted. Extremely robust, wonderfully reliable and infinitely
eye-catching; they are, understandably, one of the most collectable
motorcars available today.

This righthand drive roadster was built on 11th January, 1951
and supplied new to Henlys in London on 29th January with its first
registration the following month on 9th February and subsequently
resided in the same family from 1985 through to 2016. This XK was
prepared for rallying and tours in 1985 for the Pirelli Marathon
and, in 1988, had substantial work carried out by Roman Garage near
Grantham with WE 'Wilkie' Wilkinson supervising as detailed on an
invoice from 10th February 1988 with bills totalling £3,493.

Wilkie prepared ERAs for the 1938 Donington Grand Prix and, with
ten others, founded the BRMC. In 1951, Wilkie became partners in a
garage and word soon spread that the 'Ace Tuner' had taken up
residence and work began to flow in. Through this partnership,
Ecurie Ecosse was formed and, during the 1953 campaign, brought a
2nd place at Spa-Francorchamps with the C-Type Jaguars. Wilkie also
tuned and prepared the D-Types that won the 1956 and 1957 Le Mans
races and subsequently moved on to BRM working with the likes of
Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart; this XK was in more than capable
hands!

Work carried out in 1988 consisted of the original engine being
deemed beyond repair and a larger 3.8 litre unit fitted with all
new valve guides, re-boring and re-facing of the cylinder block,
machining of the inlet manifold, turning of the flywheel with an
improved compression ratio of 9:1.  Added braking performance
was in the guise of XK150 discs all round. The car has been used
regularly on various rallies; one being in November 2001 where it
took part in the Rally of the Tests, the pioneering first edition
of the re-run with the XK used as the main shot in Classic &
Sports Car magazine's article on the event.

Further work by Romans Garage included a full servicing, remedial
work and checking all cylinder bores in June 2000 costing some
£2,785. Later, in 2002, further work costing some £1,357 was spent
plus a further £2,533 in 2006 at 56,994 miles. A full service by
Romans Garage was carried out at 59,160 miles and is recorded in
the detailed service history. A plethora of MoT test certificates,
with the earliest dating back to 1972, are found in the file along
with the original green log book, a current V5 document, a current
MoT test certificate valid until July 2017, the Heritage Trust
Certificate and various additional bills and invoices.

Finished in its original colour of cream paintwork, the car shows
wonderful signs of patina that can only be achieved by loving and
long-term use. From the painted wire wheels, louvered bonnet (with
leather strap) to the black leather interior and dashboard with
character to spare and all exuding an honesty and charm in equal
measure and complementing the paint work. It is truly rare to find
an XK120 such as this.


For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170