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Lot 153

1954 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster

  • Chassis no. 676091
  • Engine no. F 3682-8
  • Body no. F 8366

Sold for €95.200

Documents: Italian Libretto


160 bhp, 3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent wishbone front suspension with torsion bars and an anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptical springs, and Girling drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,591 mm

  • California delivery car; presented in stunning black
  • Recent interior refresh in tan leather with matching hood
  • Original wheels and spats
  • Includes Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate


Featuring a swooping and streamlined design that screamed speed, performance, and sex appeal, Jaguar’s XK 120 changed the world when it was unveiled at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948. More importantly, it had the performance to back up its breath-taking appearance. In 1949, following a speed run on a Belgian highway in which an XK 120 ran 126 mph with its windshield on and 132 mph without, the XK 120 was deemed the fastest production car in the world.

This stunning XK 120, chassis 676091, was delivered new in 1954 to Frankly W. Taylor in California. After spending the majority of its life in the dry California climate, the Jaguar was then sold to Europe in 2010, where the new Italian owner sent it to Tappezzeria Maieli, near Mantova, to be re-trimmed in tan, with a matching hood, as well as have it serviced for essential maintenance. The consignor, an avid enthusiast with more than 30 cars to his collection, ensures that each is “on the button” and ready to be enjoyed at a moment’s notice.

In its stunning black finish and complementary tan interior and hood, as well as desirable original wheel spats, this XK 120 roadster would make for a wonderful driver for any enthusiast looking to enjoy the thrill of open-air motoring in classic Jaguar style.




Moteur six-cylindres en ligne 3 442 cm3, 2 ACT, 160 ch, transmission manuelle quatre rapports, suspension avant indépendante par triangles, barres de torsion et barre antiroulis, pont arrière rigide avec ressorts semi-elliptiques, freins Girling à tambours sur les quatre roues. Empattement 2 591 mm.

• Voiture livrée neuve en Californie ; superbe teinte noire
• Sellerie refaite récemment en cuir beige avec capote assortie
• Jantes et carénages arrière d'origine
• Certificat du Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust

Avec ses lignes fluides et profilées évoquant vitesse, performances et séduction, la Jaguar XK 120 a changé le monde lorsqu'elle a été dévoilée au Salon de Londres 1948, à Earls Court. De plus, elle offrait les performances qui correspondaient à son allure impressionnante. En 1949, après avoir atteint 193 et 212 km/h avec et sans pare-brise lors d'un essai effectué sur une autoroute belge, la Jaguar XK 120 a pris la place de voiture de série la plus rapide du monde.

Cette superbe XK 120, châssis 676091, a été livrée neuve en 1954 à Frankly W. Taylor, en Californie. Après avoir passé la majeure partie de son existence dans le climat sec de cette contrée, la Jaguar était vendue en 2010 en Europe, où son nouveau propriétaire italien l'envoyait chez Tappezzeria Maieli, près de Mantoue ; elle y recevait une sellerie neuve en cuir beige, ainsi qu'une capote assortie, et bénéficiait d'une révision d'entretien. Le propriétaire actuel, un passionné enthousiaste dont la collection comporte plus de 30 voitures, assure que chacune d'elle démarre "au quart de tour", prête à offrir les plaisirs de conduite.

Dans sa magnifique teinte noire complétée de sa sellerie et de sa capote beiges, avec ses désirables jantes et carénages de roues arrière d'origine, cette XK 120 roadster représente une machine superbe pour tout amateur souhaitant profiter de la conduite cheveux au vent, tout en bénéficiant du style Jaguar classique.

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