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Lot 377
1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

• Opulence in open-air driving
• Older quality restoration
• Attractive and rare Sherwood Green exterior and interior
• Fun and sporty British motoring vehicle

3.4-litre inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, front independent transverse wishbone with long torsion bars, rear rigid axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”

From its landmark introduction at the London Motor Show held at Earl’s Court in 1948, Jaguar’s brilliant XK120 stood in stark contrast to every other manufacturer and sent them all back to their respective drawing boards. As the first model powered by the all-new DOHC, inline six-cylinder “XK” engine, the XK120 was the world’s fastest production car at its introduction and began a succession of exciting new Jaguar automobiles that continued through the early 1970s. As Jaguar expert Philip Porter wrote for an Octane magazine retrospective article, the XK120 ”…burst into a very grey world that was still recovering from the ravages of WWII, and which only served to heighten the drama of the car’s entrance.” Innovative styling wasn’t the XK120’s only charm; this glamorous machine could run as well as it looked. With a sustainable top speed of 120 miles per hour, the XK120 was coined for the then-unheard-of achievement in speed, and the rest is history. Beneath the bonnet, the 3.4-litre inline six-cylinder engine boasted 160 horsepower and had the first high-volume twin-cam engine. After the sensation at Earl’s Court, Jaguar dealers were unable to keep up with the staggering demand.

The Drophead Coupé was introduced in the latter half of 1953 and is considered by many automotive enthusiasts to be the best of all the offerings, as the classy breed was still able to keep its original open roadster lines while boasting a more practical option with its roll-up and wind vent windows. In true Drophead fashion, this lovely and rarely seen Sherwood Green 1953 XK120 has a correct green leather interior and a light tan canvas top, both displayed in good condition. The carpets, door panels, and upholstery still present nicely, even with the restoration taking place many years ago. The iconic body contours and curves present well, only showing minor faults throughout. The 3.4-litre inline six-cylinder engine that is mated to a four-speed manual gearbox are both reported to be in fine running order. The short-throw shifter works in the driver's favor as it smoothly shifts throughout the gears without effort. A major selling point for these Jaguars is their drivability, offering enough power to satisfy one’s need for speed, but also offering its driver to go on a light cruise with the top down.

A nice driver example of the XK120 legend, this Drophead Coupé simply begs to be driven and enjoyed as it was originally intended to be – with the top down, breeze in your hair, and foot to the floor, bringing an unmatched smile to both the driver and passenger.

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