|Drop Head Coupe||Biscuit|
|Right Hand Drive||Black|
|8 October 1953|
|29 September 1953||United Kingdom|
|1953||British Racing Green|
|Rest: Concours||Dark Green|
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UK, South Africa
Owner: jonathan mayne
Current chairman of the Cape Jaguar Club in Cape Town. Collector of classic jaguars. 8 so far. Looking at establishing a classic cat touring company!(email)
Updated January 19th, 2008. Not legal proof of ownership.
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2007-05-19 20:15:36 | John Elmgreen writes:
Car now in South Africa, Email me if you have any further information! Restoration completed early 2007.
2008-01-18 07:25:36 | Lofty writes:
What an incredible motor car.
2018-08-01 19:36:37 | pauls writes:
Ebay item 8/1/18
Classified Ad price: £110,000, seller cotswoldclassiccarrestorations, car now said to be in Cirencester, United Kingdom.
1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe
British Racing Green with Suede Green Trim
Cotswold Classic Car Restorations are proud to have been instructed to act as sales agents on behalf of the owner of this stunning example of British motoring history.
This vehicle will come with a full service by CCCR and has been through our works shops and been given a clean bill of health showing in fabulous condition.
The DVLA have confirmed that at the end of March 2018 there were 24 licensed Jaguar XK's DHC built between 1953 - 1954 and 5 with a SORN in known existence.
The XK's compromised, uncluttered and utterly desirable lines, makes it one of the finest classic cars on the road to-day. Credited with a top speed of 120 mph this example was the 13th right hand drive drop head coupé manufactured at Browns Lane out of a total production of 294.
First owned by Lt. Col S E Sanders of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the car last graced the English byways in 1969 (some 40 years ago) when it was purchased by a Norfolk farmer for restoration. It changed hands again to a British Airways pilot in 1984 and was untouched when bought by Chris Jacques, a Sussex collector, in 1999. As a "barn find", the rusting bits arrived in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2004 and were delivered to Jaguar Classic Restorations in Ottery with all original matching numbers.
This model was the first to be fitted with the famous XK 6-cyclinder engine which endured for 40 years before being replaced in 1988. Producing 180bhp at 5300 rpm the XK120dhc weighs 3080lbs and races to 60mph in 10.9secs. The power is transmitted through the renowned 4-speed Moss gearbox with its period feel and characteristic whine in first gear, which has no synchromesh and second requires a double declutch!
The body of this car was the subject of a 9 month re-fabrication, most capably executed by Fine-Blast of Philippi, whilst the chassis, mechanicals and final restorative assembly were undertaken by the team at JCR under the fastidious, perfectionist eyes of Nick Joubert.
Connolly Leather in suede green was imported from the UK Hide Company and fine quality, dark green, mohair hood material, lined in wool arrived from Suffolk & Turley UK, the interior specialists: both compliment the British Racing Green paintwork.
The chassis and mechanicals are all "nut & bolt" restored, original components and the only departure from the factory specifications is the electric cooling fan for African conditions.
The restoration was completed in August 2008 and more recently detailed and re-commissioned by SG Classic Cars in Killarney Gardens, Cape Town during which new Vredestein classic tyres were fitted. This beautiful classic Jaguar has covered a just over 1000 "shake-down" miles.
Body Style: Drop head coupe right hand drive
Chassis number: 667030
Engine number: W9826-8
Body number: P2099
Gearbox number: JL 18885
Original Dealer: Henleys Limited, London
Colour: British Racing Green with Suede Green Trim
2021-08-24 14:19:07 | pauls writes:
Car to return to auction 9/21
1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe
Matching numbers, home market example
Lot 69 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, Wed, 8th Sep 2021)
Estimate £75,000 - £90,000
Registration No: NYF 410
Chassis No: 667030
1 of just 295 right-hand drive examples made
Supplied new via Henlys Ltd of London to Lt. Col. S.E. Sanders of Gainsborough
Treated to a body off, chassis up restoration by Jaguar Classic Restorations of Cape Town from 2004-2008 (just 1,200 miles ago). Matching chassis, engine, and body numbers plus original registration number
The thirtieth of just 295 right-hand drive Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupes made, chassis 667030 was completed on 29th September 1953 and supplied new the following month by Henlys Ltd of London to Lt Col S.E. Sanders of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Road registered as ‘NYF 410’, the two-seater was reputedly taken off the road in the late 1960s. Belonging to a Norfolk farmer by 1980, he got as far as refurbishing the chassis before a divorce saw the still immobile Jaguar sold to Paul Watkins of Milton Keynes in 1984. A commercial airline pilot, Mr. Watkins disassembled the Drophead Coupe but did little else to it. Acquired by renowned marque enthusiast Chris Jacques during 1999, chassis 6670303 joined a stable which included one of the famous XK120 Lightweight competition cars but again aside from a steering box rejuvenation little was done to it.
Progress finally came when the two-seater was sold via Retro Classics Ltd of London to the chairman of the Cape Jaguar Club in South Africa, Jonathan Mayne in October 2003. Mr Mayne entrusted the Drophead Coupe to Jaguar Classic Restorations (Cape) where it was treated to an exhaustive, near ‘nut and bolt’ rejuvenation which took over four years to complete. The original engine was overhauled as were the gearbox, brakes and suspension. The chassis and body were refurbished by Fine Blast of Philippi and the cockpit re-trimmed by FS Interiors using Suede Green Connolly leather sourced from the UK Hide Company plus a Suffolk & Turley supplied mohair hood. The interior woodwork was renewed and British Racing Green paint was chosen to adorn the exterior. Aside from the addition of an electric cooling fan, the car was returned to factory specification almost throughout.
Further improved by SG Classic Cars of Chempet in 2013 including the fitment of Vredstein radial tyres all round and sundry detailing, the XK120 was repatriated to the UK five years later. Joining the vendor’s private collection in April 2019, that same month saw ‘NYF 410’ uprated with a wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel and seatbelts by Cotswold Classic Car Restorations at a cost of £2,149.20. Further benefiting from a minor brake overhaul at the hands of Miles Classic Ltd during June 2019, the Drophead Coupe has only covered some 1,200 post-refurbishment miles. Considered by the seller to be in ‘very good’ (paintwork, electrical equipment, interior trim) or ‘excellent’ (engine, gearbox, bodywork) condition, this decidedly handsome XK120 is offered for sale Jaguar Heritage Certificate, V5C Registration Document and detailed restoration/parts invoices.