1950 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster
The Jaguar XK120 is one of the greatest sports cars ever created and one of the most beautiful at that. Introduced at the Earls Court motor show in London in 1948, the XK120 caused an instant sensation. Orders rolling in at a very surprising rate, Jaguar had to think again about the XK120's method of construction. Originally created with a body framed in wood and skinned in aluminum as many of the coachbuilt cars were at the time. Jaguar thought they could probably sell 250 of the new cars, the total of the planned initial production run for the two-seater roadster. Delays in producing the steel body molds prompted the building of 240 hand-beaten aluminum bodied cars. This example is one of those few surviving alloy bodied cars. No two cars were alike. In fact the aluminum panels made for the original run would not even fit on the later "mass produced" steel body 120's further distinguishing them as unique machines. The heart of the XK120 is the fantastic 3.4 liter inline 6 cylinder XK engine with double overhead camshafts running in an aluminum alloy cylinder head, that when placed into the lightweight 120, the result being an incredible power to weight ratio that propelled the XK120 over 120MPH making it the fastest car on the road in the early 1950's.
Many of the most famous race drivers began their careers driving an XK120 such as Sterling Moss, John Fitch and Phil Hill. They were very popular and around 7000 roadsters were produced from 1948 to the end of production in 1954, but the first 240 alloy bodied cars are the most sought after form of the 120 today by collectors and to find one that has been untouched furthers its rarity today.
This car, chassis number 670082, one of the first 240 alloy XK120's was purchased by a collector here on the east coast from another collector in California back in the early 1970's exactly as you see it here today. He did have hopes of a restoration at some point, but he never got to it. While its early history is unknown, this car was certainly raced early on as can be assumed with its louvered bonnet and air scooped front brakes. The paint is scruffy and the interior leather is mostly gone, but the original seat frames are present as is the convertible top and side curtain frames. The engine is its original matching numbers engine, but the head had been changed in the period, but is believed to still be the early type as was delivered on the car originally. The engine turns over but has not been started, but it looks very healthy and most likely will run well with some servicing. It also still retains its original body number tag as well as its original Jaguar firewall tag showing its numbers. Originally it was originally pastel blue color with a blue interior, now finished in Old English White which was done some time ago. Overall this is a very good original alloy car that has been out of sight for the past 45 years. It can be left as is and driven or is a great candidate for a restoration which it would be very worthy of. If you want one of these that no one has seen for a very long time, this is your chance. Price upon request.