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Lot Number
45
1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $135,000 - $165,000
CHASSIS NO: 671888
• Just one owner from new to 2018, with original Bill of Sale on file
• Outstanding preservation; lifetime of sympathetic maintenance
• Complete numbers-matching engine (Head & Block) per JDHT Certificate
• Presented in correct, as delivered, Battleship Grey over red Leather
• Original Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook & Service Manual
• Incredible amount of equipment and paperwork accompanies the car
• All weather equipment, including top, matching side curtains, tonneau cover and car cover

ADDENDUM: Please note: This vehicle is titled by its engine number, W4241-8

3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, twin SU carburetors, 160 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse wishbones, elongated torsion bars and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”


From its historic introduction at the London Motor Show in 1948, Jaguar’s game-changing XK120 stood in stark contrast to every other sports car available at the time and forced every other manufacturer back to their respective drawing boards. As noted Jaguar expert Philip Porter recently wrote for an Octane magazine retrospective, the XK120 “…burst into a very grey world that was still recovering from the ravages of World War Two, and which only served to heighten the drama of the car’s entrance.” Originally conceived simply to publicly showcase Jaguar’s all-new ‘XK’ twin-cam engine while its intended Mark VII saloon was not yet ready, the XK120 was, as Jaguar author Paul Skilleter wrote, “…an afterthought car, an unplanned, accidental offshoot of the saloon range, it enhanced the Jaguar image enormously, besides earning many thousands of valuable dollars.”

Ordered on January 1, 1952 with a $200 deposit and purchased new at a total cost of $4,910.10 a little over three months later, on April 15, 1952 at Clayrich Motors of St. Louis, Missouri, this remarkable 1952 Jaguar XK120 was purchased by Mr. Reed, a WWII veteran residing in St. Louis at the time. Serial-numbered 671888, Mr. Reed would go on to be the Jaguar’s lifelong owner until just recently. The original Bill of Sale remains on file with the car, along with several registration documents spanning the years of Mr. Reed’s ownership, during which Mr. Reed and his beloved XK120 would participated in several auto shows and sporting events throughout the past 66 years, including those offered by the SCCA, JCNA, Jaguar Owners’ Club, and Jaguar Club of Austin. Subsequently, Mr. Reed and the Jaguar relocated to Los Angeles, California, eventually settling in Georgetown, Texas. Mr. Reed has remained a very active Jaguar enthusiast through the years, and the Roadster was faithfully serviced and pampered by only him through its entire life. The current 78,910 miles are believed to be original.

This wonderful 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster retains its original sheet metal, identification tags, inner wood framing, and a remarkably original and faultlessly presented undercarriage. The correct lacquer paint has attractively mellowed, and was applied by Mr. Reed himself, several decades ago. A comprehensive tune-up and service were recently performed, including installation of a new clutch assembly and a complete brake service, assuring the XK120 will deliver many more years of reliable motoring pleasure. Retaining the complete numbers matching engine – both the cylinder head and engine block – per the corresponding Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this wonderfully preserved, one-owner XK120 is accompanied by the original Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook and Service Manual, original records, books, keys, tools, valance key, matching spare, jack, jack wrench, wheel brace, grease gun, and full weather gear including the soft top, matching side curtains, tonneau cover, plus car cover. Mr. Reed is a WW II veteran and engineer by profession, who made developments and attained patents for the ubiquitous ball-point pen during his very successful career. His hobbies are repairing antique timepieces and working on his cars. Recently, Mr. Reed related how in 1952 after returning from wartime service, he settled in St. Louis, Missouri and purchased a Mercury Coupe as a family car. Almost immediately, it started to break down, and he had trouble getting around as required. He saw the new Jaguar XK120 Roadster and was immediately smitten. He immediately got out of his Mercury and purchased this stunning Battleship Grey XK120 Roadster, and his love affair with this Jaguar lasted over six decades. A beautifully honest and original example from 66 years of fastidious ownership, its offering now at Pacific Grove provides an incredibly rare opportunity to acquire a true sporting legend with this level of ironclad provenance and long- term ownership. As such, it is eligible for most any worthy event the fortunate new owner should choose to participate in, anywhere in the world.

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