• JCNA Judged 100 points multiple times • Multiple Best in Class Award Winner • Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate
Engine No: W5261-8
3.4 litre DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with double SU carburetors rated at 160 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with solid rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 102"
Offered here is the third car from former JCNA Judge Lanny Sims Estate. Jaguar wasn’t always a company that built sleek and fast roadsters. In the beginning, they did a brisk business as the Swallow Sidecar Company. Indeed, many early motorcycles were fitted with one of Swallow’s sturdy little accessories that carried a single passenger with ease. Their success allowed them to move into motorcar production and the Austin Seven Swallow was born. The SS100 followed in 1936 and it was a sports car in the finest British tradition. Soon after, the company’s name was changed to Jaguar and the rest is history. Jaguar’s first entry into the postwar sports car market was the XK120 and it didn’t take long for it to establish a solid reputation as a fine competition car. The Jaguar XK120 was a car that set a world standard for what a performance sports car should be. With its exquisitely designed body and power from Jaguar’s 3.4 litre dual overhead cam inline six, it was a car like no other. The model designation of “120” was actually derived from the car’s ability to reach 120 mph, something very few cars could attain at the time.
Accompanied by its Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate this XK120 OTS was dispatched to Max Hoffman in June of 1952. Simply fantastic, it is a car that could serve as a benchmark for Jaguar restoration and is the third and final offering from the Lanny Sims Estate. Finished in Jaguar’s lovely Cream with a contrasting red leather interior, this is an XK120 that is a fast car, but it also reeks with elegance and comfort in the finest Jaguar tradition. Nothing was overlooked in the restoration of this car and its engine, chassis, interior, body, and all other components were authentically and faithfully restored to Jaguar specifications. Its 102-inch wheelbase is nicely accented by matching cream colored rims and a set of wide whitewall tires. The interior features fine leather and the quality and workmanship of Sims' work is clearly demonstrated in the fine detail of every component. Power comes from Jaguar’s tried and proven 3.4 litre twin cam six with double SU carburetors in an engine compartment that is beautifully detailed in every way. The chassis literally presents as new with all nuts, bolts, cables, and surfaces detailed to perfection. So exact is the detail on this car that very few can match it for its authenticity.
As Mr. Sims final restoration, it would be anticipated to be outstanding. The judges were not disappointed as it was JCNA Judged 100 points multiple times including the 2013 JCNA Concours d'Elegance. It also won many other First Place and Best in Class Awards - a virtual winner every time out.
Touring has never been better than in a Jaguar XK120 and this example is a fine British sports car that carries its power and comfort with ease. Excellent condition XK120s are not easy to find and a close inspection reveals this one as one of the best. With its beautiful restoration and stellar pedigree, this XK120 represents a solid investment in a highly desirable sports car.
1952 Jaguar XK120 OTS
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