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Lot 035

1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

  • Chassis no. W89598

Sold for $111,100

Three Time JCNA National Champion and The Amelia Award Winning

160hp 3,442 cc twin overhead cam, inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

When the XK 120 was introduced to the general public in 1948 at the Earl’s Court Motor Show it caused quite a sensation that rippled through the motor industry. It was quite different to what Jaguar was known for, formally their main production was in sporting sedans, so when they introduced the elegant sports car that was the XK 120, it began the

redefinition of the Jaguar name.

Being the brainchild of William Lyons he was quick to recognize the immense potential of the sleek XK 120, and was excited at the commercial success that it was to give him. The cars combination of elegant lines and stunning performance meant it was the object of desire for many motoring enthusiasts. The XK 120 was in fact the fastest production car in the world when it was introduced, this, coupled with its moderate selling price, ensured that it would remain in motoring folklore for time to come.

We are delighted to offer one of the finest examples of the storied XK 120 model line that we have seen in some time. Finished with a proper white exterior and two-tone red and tan interior with an original 62,900 miles showing on the odometer the Jaguar is simply stunning. The recipient of a comprehensive body-off restoration completed by the respected father and son team of Tom Palisi and Tom Palisi Jr., upon inspection one will see this XK 120 is peerless in its presentation. We are told that there was particular attention paid to detail and authenticity, as they wanted the car to be shown at numerous concours events

across the country and for many years after the restoration.

Notably, this lovely example built in 1953 was sold and titled as a 1954 model, and has remained with the same owner since 1958. During the 1960s the car competed in JCNA (Jaguar Club of North America) track competition events held at Lime Rock Park and Bridgehampton, and we are told won the distinguished title of Best Performing Jaguar in 1967. This car has also been entered in many concours events, receiving a string of 100 point scores. It is a three time JCNA National Champion and was the winner of the 50th anniversary XK 120 event in 1998. It also has the distinguished history of winning many non-JCNA events that have included The Amelia Award at the Amelia Island Concours in 2002, Best of Show at the 2003 Festival of Exotic Cars, Mount Dora, Florida and the Best Sports Car Award, 2003-2004 Wheels Artists and Automobiles at Dunedin, Florida.

From the history it is obvious that this is a superb example XK 120, and will undoubtedly be an exquisite addition to any collection.


Please note that this car is titled as a 1954 and that the serial number is W89598.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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