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Lot 136

1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

  • Chassis no. 671615

Sold for $88,000


160 bhp, 3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent torsion bar front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"



- Superb color combination, spats and steel disc wheels

- Incredibly well-preserved restoration



The modern looks of the XK120 were matched by the engineering under its skin. A sturdy box-section chassis featured torsion bar independent front suspension, and the live rear axle rode on long semi-elliptic leaf springs. Brakes were Lockheed hydraulic drum units, with twin leading shoes and a generous 12-inch diameter.



Heart and soul of the new car was a 3,442 cc dual-overhead-cam six. It had begun life as a two-liter four-cylinder design. Engineer Harry Weslake had experimented with a number of advanced designs, of which a four-cylinder unit with hemispherical combustion chambers and large main bearings was the most promising. Lyons then directed him to add two more cylinders.



Stunning in its original Pastel Green Metallic with dark green leather, this XK120 was restored in the early 1990s. Since then, it has been kept in climate-controlled storage and driven barely 300 miles, so it remains virtually as fresh as the day of its completion. It presents beautifully and is in show-quality condition. Equipped with proper steel disc wheels, it has the spats (fender skirts) that display the body in its purest form.



Originally sold by Hoffman Motor Company on Park Avenue in New York City, the car has a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate. The current owner acquired it several years ago, after it had tied for the 1993 Jaguar Club of North America Challenge Cup in national competition, with a perfect 100-point score. Since that time it has been maintained in a prominent private collection, kept in climate-controlled storage. Recent inspection by the vendor has confirmed this car has its original matching-numbers engine but not the original gearbox.



XK120s are among the most desirable British collector cars, but seldom do they appear in their pure form; collectors have a tendency to “option them up.” This car represents an uncommon opportunity to acquire a completely authentic example, just as though one were shopping in Max Hoffman’s showroom.

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

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more