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United KingdomMTM424

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2005-11-10 12:30:24 | Lofty writes:

Reg. MTM 424

2008-04-17 14:44:52 | Peter Ingram writes:

The number shown in the Body section 667087 is the correct chassis number which fits the description of the car in New Zealand. Owner is believed to be Rowland Ward. The engine is correct

667076 is alive and well in England and has the reg as above also built in 1953 October

2008-10-29 17:10:09 | pauls writes:

Car was at auction 10/08
www.motorbase.com/auctionlot/by-id/1374721411/

Auction description:
First registered in January 1954, this XK120 Drophead Coupe was manufactured in October 1953, as an article in the history file by XK historian David Bentley confirms. An original UK market right-hand drive car, it retains its original colour scheme of British Racing Green with a Suede Green interior and black hood. Supplied new to a Squadron Leader Devilliers of Hertford, the car subsequently passed to NJ Hart of Weston-Super-Mare from whom it was acquired by Cedric Thomas in 1972, also of Weston. Thomas had just given up a 25-year career as a motor mechanic and bought the XK as a project to keep him occupied in his retirement. Something of a perfectionist, he was to spend the next 30 years in a money-no-object restoration to bring the car up to standard. Every single part of the car has been renewed or restored as necessary including a full engine rebuild with new pistons, bearings, timing chains etc. Great care was taken to match all components perfectly, the result being an engine that is said to be uncommonly smooth and quiet with no lumpiness or rattles, even on tick-over. The Salisbury hypoid rear axle was also totally rebuilt, as was the Moss gearbox using double helical gears for a smoother action. Bodywork repairs were entrusted to Bill Lawrence in the New Forest who spent four years getting everything just right, using new rear wings supplied by RS Panels of Nuneaton. Lead-loaded in the traditional way where necessary, there is no filler in the car. The paintwork is traditional cellulose applied in many coats to give a deep shine that will stand years of polishing. The chromework was entrusted to S&T of Bristol and was given a copper base layer before plating in order to ensure the best quality finish. The interior retrim was entrusted to Nick Turley of Suffolk & Turley fame, and has been done to the high standards you would expect of Britain's foremost trimmer. This included top quality hide on all the leather surfaces, a new canvas hood with the correct inner lining and a thorough refurbishment of all the woodwork. Needless to say the car is now looking absolutely lovely and is said to drive as well as it looks. XK values have remained buoyant over recent years and this would appear to be a fine specimen whose restoration could not be replicated at the guide price suggested today.
Lot Details
Auction Classic Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
Type Car
Lot Number 097
Estimate £41000-£45000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price £41000
Hammer Price (inc premium) -
Year 1953
Condition rating 0
Registration number MTM 424
Mileage -
Chassis number 667076
Engine number W9888-8
Engine capacity (cc) 3442

2010-01-18 21:37:28 | Andrew Murray writes:

almost thought this was dads old car which he had in papakura NZ until he sold it in 1965. the rego was 677 067 !!
It was Silver with a red interior..wonder where it is now?? if anyone knows please email me at andrewmurray7@bigpond.com
Thanks

2013-03-10 00:51:55 | pauls writes:

Car to be at auction 5/13
classiccars.brightwells.com/viewdetails.php

Auction description:
Lot number 78
Hammer value N/S (est. £62,500 - £65,000)
Description Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe
Registration MTM 424
Year 1954
Colour British Racing Green
Engine size 3,442 cc
Chassis No. 667076
Engine No. W9888-8

Although it was first registered in January 1954, this particular XK120 Drophead Coupe was manufactured in October 1953, as an article in the history file by XK historian David Bentley confirms. One of just 295 original UK market cars, it retains its original colour scheme of British Racing Green with a Suede Green interior and black hood. Supplied new to a Squadron Leader Devilliers of Hertford by Henly's of London, the car subsequently passed to NJ Hart of Weston-Super-Mare from whom it was acquired by Cedric Thomas in 1972, also of Weston.

Thomas had just given up a 25-year career as a motor mechanic and bought the XK as a project to keep him occupied in his retirement. Something of a perfectionist, he was to spend the next 30 years in a money-no-object restoration to bring the car up to standard.

Every single part of the car has been renewed or restored as necessary including a full engine rebuild with new pistons, bearings, timing chains etc. The Salisbury hypoid rear axle was also totally rebuilt, as was the original Moss gearbox using double helical gears for a smoother action.

Bodywork repairs were entrusted to Bill Lawrence in the New Forest who spent four years getting everything just right, using new rear wings supplied by RS Panels of Nuneaton. Lead-loaded in the traditional way where necessary, there is no filler in the car. The paintwork is traditional cellulose applied in many coats to give a deep shine that will stand years of polishing. The chromework was entrusted to S&T of Bristol and was given a copper base layer before plating in order to ensure the best quality finish.

The interior retrim was entrusted to Nick Turley of Suffolk & Turley fame, and has been done to the high standards you would expect of Britain's foremost trimmer. This included top quality hide on all the leather surfaces, a new canvas hood with the correct inner lining and a thorough refurbishment of all the woodwork.

The current vendor acquired the car in 2008 and has continued to maintain it regardless of cost. This included a second engine rebuild at marque specialist VSE in June 2009 when a rear oil seal conversion was also carried out at a cost of some £3,750. Other improvements include an uprated alloy radiator with an electric cooling fan, uprated Koni front shock absorbers, new steering and suspension bushes throughout, stainless steel brake hoses and a stainless steel exhaust. The hood was also refitted by a specialist and is said to be totally snug and leak-free.

Since the second engine rebuild when the odometer was re-set to zero, the car has been in regular use and has covered some 3,200 miles including a tour of the Lake District, driving beautifully and performing faultlessly at all times. MOT'd until September 2013 and taxed until the end of August, it is only reluctantly being sold to fund the purchase of a vintage Bentley.

As snug as a fixed-head, more practical than a roadster and much rarer than both, the drophead is to many the most desirable XK120 of all. This thoroughly sorted, matching numbers example, with few owners and a known history from new, looks like a shrewd investment at the guide price suggested today.

2018-04-06 07:57:59 | Chris Beckett writes:

I have owned this car since March 2013.

2018-04-07 10:50:15 | Peter Ingram writes:

Chris I am sure your body number is a misread. Should be P 2144

2019-03-17 11:23:34 | pauls writes:

Car to return to auction 5/19

www.silverstoneauctions.com/1954-jaguar-xk120-dhc

Auction description:

A Sale of British Marques 2019 » Lot List » 1954 Jaguar XK120 DHC

Registration: MTM 424

Chassis Number: 667076

Engine Number: W9888/8

Number of cylinders: 6

CC: 3442cc

Year of Manufacture: 1954

RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive

Estimate (£): 75,000 - 85,000

UK-supplied, right-hand drive, factory colour scheme, restored to a very high standard

Excellent condition accompanied by a fully documented history folder. Jaguar Heritage Certificate

Delightfully presented in British Racing Green, over Suede Green with a Black Hood

On-the-button with subtle upgrades for reliability and well maintained over the years

With an interesting history from new. Rarely do examples of this quality come to market

 According to its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, MTM 424 was an XK120 Drophead Coupe finished in British Racing Green with a Suede Green interior and a Black hood. One of just 295 right-hand drive, home market cars it was manufactured in October 1953, first registered in January the following year, and supplied new by Henlys of London to Squadron Leader Desmond de Villiers of Hertford. ‘Dizzy' de Villiers AFC was the Chief Test Pilot at the De Havilland Aircraft Company, the world’s first open cockpit pilot to reach supersonic speed (albeit inadvertently, the cockpit canopy flew off mid-flight), the second British pilot to exceed Mach 2, Chief Experimental Test Pilot on the English Electric Lightning programme (making more than 1,000 flights), and who, during his test career, flew more than 6,000 hours in 130 different aircraft types. It's hard to believe these days, but during the Fifties and early Sixties, test pilots were seen as exceedingly glamorous and the majority were household names.

Ownership of the car subsequently changed to NJ Hart of Weston-Super-Mare before being acquired by Cedric Thomas in 1972, also of Weston. Mr Thomas, a retired professional automotive engineer, purchased the XK as a project to keep him occupied in his retirement years. Something of a perfectionist, the project would soon become, what could only be described as an obsession, with a money-no-object restoration over a 30-year period, and the result is simply spectacular. 

The car was totally stripped to single components before being either restored or renewed and carefully reassembled to mostly original specification. The engine was removed and fully rebuilt using new pistons, bearings and timing chains etc. Suspension components were stripped and rebuilt as was the gearbox and back axle. Documents within the car's History File confirm that the bodywork restoration was entrusted to specialist Bill Lawrence. Panels were replaced only when absolutely necessary, the rear wings were sourced by RS panels of Nuneaton, with the rest of the bodywork prepared and built up by lead loading in the old-fashioned way. This can be a fairly laborious task but the results are worth it particularly when the car is treated to a number of coats of its original British Racing Green in traditional cellulose as here. Modern finishes have lots of advantages but it's difficult to replicate the sheer depth of gloss afforded by cellulose paint particularly when applied by a skilled craftsman. Equally, the Chromework was refinished by the very best in the business and is exceptional. The retrimming of the car's interior was entrusted to Nick Turley of Suffolk & Turley fame and has been completed to the very high standard you would expect with all the cockpit woodwork veneers superbly refinished, rebuilt seating in Suede Geen leather, new carpets and a new canvas hood with the correct inner lining.

The Jaguar received further attention in 2008 when, according to documents within the file, a second engine rebuild was carried out by marque specialist VSE including a rear main seal update. Further updates to improve driveability and reliability include an alloy radiator, electric cooling fan, and uprated Koni shock absorbers. 

Today the 120 still presents beautifully and, according to our vendor, performs without fault. It starts on-the-button and the engine sounds keen and healthy. A home market Drophead Coupe in its original timeless colour combination, fastidiously restored with a known history, is regarded by many as the most desirable variant to own. 

2019-04-20 10:13:55 | Dan Green writes:

Great info on this vehicle

I've just found this and read it back to my grandad. A 94 year old Cedric Thomas!

I grew up watching this car being built in his garage and reading him the description of his work listed here has made him smile :)

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