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Lot Number
16
1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $120,000 - $150,000
CHASSIS NO: W96788
• Accompanied by Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate
• Retains numbers matching engine and transmission
• Orignal color combination and well-fitted soft top
• Restored original instruments; sleekly spatted rear wheels
• Features include period-correct fitted luggage
• Strong performer, ready to drive, tour, and enjoy
• Final-year example of Britain’s definitive postwar sports car

3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, twin SU carburetors, 160 HP at 5,200 RPM, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double-wishbone A-arms, front anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”


With beautiful styling and a rugged chassis, yet possessing the agility of a youthful gymnast, the Jaguar XK120 is a machine that embodies everything great in a sports car. For many, the star of this car is its DOHC ‘XK’ six-cylinder engine, born in concept during the war by William Lyons and his talented engineers led by William Heynes. Also contributing to the effort was noted engine designer Harry Weslake who took both Lyons’ and Heynes’ design and honed their creation to perfection. Dual overhead cam engines were not a new concept, but for use in a series-production sports car, it was a revelation. Large main bearings, combined with hemispherical combustion chambers, provided maximum output and durability, along with reasonable fuel economy.

Between the superb design of the sleek roadster and the sophisticated handling and performance of the new XK120, it was somewhat affordable, and automotive writers both in Europe and America fell in love with the car. On the track, Jaguar dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans starting in 1951 when Peter Walker and Peter Whitehead piloted their racing prepped XK120C to victory. Initially, the XK120 was offered strictly as a roadster, with a fixed head coupe introduced for the 1952 model year, followed the following year by the much more civilized drophead coupe, or for the Yanks, a full-fledged convertible with a tight fitting well-engineered top and snug cozy roll-up windows.

According to this car’s Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, this highly desirable drophead coupe is presented just as it left the Coventry shops back in 1954. Finished in a deep reflective black, it is fitted with soft and supple red leather seats with matching door panels and thick carpets. In the event of foul weather, the black top appears to be new, fitting snug and properly to protect its occupants while complementing the rest of the interior with its insulated tan liner. Though restored a few years back, the elegance of this design presents very well and would be a welcomed event at a marque-specific show, rally or tour, and could also be that star of a local or regional meeting of fine motorcars. Body panels are smooth and aligned at or above factory specs with perfect gaps for all openings. Under that long graceful bonnet, the highly detailed DOHC powerplant awaits your inspection. Look closely and you will find that this car still possesses its original engine with proper parts including the dual SU carburetors, as well as the numbers matching transmission and other major components.

The large steering wheel has been refinished and is complete down to the golden Jaguar logo, inviting you to take control and command the road in one of the most comfortable sporting cars ever produced. All the original gauges have been restored and are very easy to read and quite well-presented in the original dash panel trimmed with beautiful burled walnut veneer. Best of all, the gauges work just as they were intended, something that our consignor insists upon from all his vehicles. Wearing a fresh set of Dunlop tires, the steel wheels are properly presented with original hubcaps and bright metal trim rings that lend to the overall appearance of understated elegance. Original fender shields, or “spats” are bolted into place and the luggage compartment comes complete with period-correct vintage luggage.

When Jaguar marketed the XK120, the claim was that these cars were all capable of 120 miles-per-hour performance. With proper precautions, the consignor says that he feels this example would easily meet and surpass the two-mile-a-minute mark and have a bit more to give to the next owner of this sporting icon.

1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe
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