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Lot 648
1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster


Selling on Saturday Evening


• An unrestored original car with just three owners from new
• An iconic British roadster with just 58,500 original miles
• Supplied with original paperwork, original tools, original manuals and title
• Desirable SE version from the final year of production


1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster JDH Trust.pdf

3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, 180 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, independent front suspension with transverse wishbones and torsion bars, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs; wheelbase: 102”

Everybody’s idea of beauty is different, but for most classic car connoisseurs, this lovely 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE could easily be the perfect representation. Elegant, powerful, and undeniably beautiful, it reminds us of a time when it wasn’t about apps and digital features, but about sheer character and solid performance. Beginning in 1949, the incredible XK120 was somewhat of an astonishing afterthought for Jaguar in war-devastated England. In the end, it turned out to be one of the most famous designs of all time, exactly when England’s auto industry needed a boost. Initially built as a limited-production model to show off the new dual-overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine, the display at the 1948 Earl’s Court Motor Show was such a huge hit that William Lyons knew building factory XK120s would be a sure winner for Jaguar. From that point on, the XK120 was largely responsible for redefining Jaguar as a builder of exceptional sports cars offering great value. By 1954, the final year of XK120 production, it was far more refined and available in three distinct body styles. It was a huge hit in North America, and the production cars now featured steel bodies with aluminum hoods, trunk lids, and doors.

This particular XK120 is an SE (Special Equipment) model, a version that includes dual exhaust, wire spoke wheels and additional front lights. The original tool kit, owner’s manual and service manual accompany your purchase. This fine XK120 SE is remarkably clean and, except for wires and hoses, it is 100% original under the bonnet. With just 58,500 miles on the clock and an impeccable appearance, this 1954 XK120 SE seems to have somehow moved effortlessly through the decades. Such a stunning car has obviously been well-cared for and the highly original paint fits a survivor car perfectly. The fit and finish of the entire car simply look great. As you can tell from the images, this XK120 SE received only very limited use, as even the original leather spring gaiters are still in place. The car is in excellent condition throughout, and it is correctly described as a true survivor. The original leather interior is perfectly broken in, with only the lower kick panels replaced, and everything on the dash works perfectly.

Owned by just two caretakers since 1956, the lucky new owner will no doubt be eligible for nearly any major classic car rally or event he or she chooses. The Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate confirms all numbers and paint codes and is included with the purchase. The high bidder will also join the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Cary Grant in the fraternity of XK120 owners. An excellent and highly drivable example of a true sporting legend, this exceptional, low mileage Jaguar simply begs to be driven. There is something special about high quality, authentic, original cars such as this. It truly and accurately represents the legendary XK120 just as visionary William Lyons originally intended.

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