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670063

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Record Creation: Entered on 1 March 2019.

Database Updates: Show dataplate edits

Originality: Noted for being in "original condition"

 

Heritage Notes

First owner Albert Scherrer

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2005-11-06 16:42:40 | Urs Schmid writes:

One of ten Alloys originally imported to Switzerland. Extensively raced by first owner Albert Scherrer 1950-1955. First XK 120 to be raced on the European Continent (Erlen Grand Prix, 6th May 1950). Winner of the Swiss Grand Prix, Bremgarten (Berne), Production Sports Cars Race, 26th May 1951.

2012-12-09 12:33:30 | pauls writes:

John Elmgreen reports seeing the car at its home in the Nov. 2012 edition of the XK Gazette.

2013-06-09 08:33:36 | Anonymous writes:

2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este / Christian Jenny (CH)

2016-11-19 06:08:19 | Axel Scherrer writes:

It was a great time to drive with my dad to all the races, Alltough I was a small Boy I have great memories.

2019-03-01 10:01:01 | pauls writes:

Car now offered at:

pendine.com/portfolio/1949-jaguar-alloy-xk120-roadster/

Seller's description:

Imported new to Switzerland, and bought by famed Swiss racer Albert Scherrer

Thought to be the first Jaguar to compete on the Continent after the war and the most successful XK120 in competition in Switzerland

Multiple contender, and winner of, The Grand Prix Von Bremgarten, Berne.

Owned for many years by Swiss XK ‘guru’ Urs Schmid

The early development life of the XK120 is Jaguar folklore, chief among which are William Lyons original intention to make the car simply a showcase and testbed for his all-new XK twin-cam, straight-six engine. It took just two weeks to build the initial XK120, in time to take the 1948 London motor show by storm; demand was so overwhelming that Jaguar decided to adjust its plans on the spot, following its 240-car limited run of alloy-bodied cars, all virtually handmade, with a full-production steel version.

Chassis 670063 is one of those very early, aluminium cars, the 63rd made and one of 10 allocated to the Swiss market. Its buyer on 18 January 1950 was businessman Albert ‘Bätsch’ Scherrer of Riehen, Basle, who immediately set about doing what Jaguar wanted most – campaigning the new sports car on the race track. It was the first Jaguar-marque sports car to compete on mainland Europe after the war.

For the next two years, Scherrer was omnipresent in the numerous local hillclimbs and road races which, because of Switzerland’s neutrality, attracted a very international grid and, consequently, huge interest in this glamorous new Jaguar sports car from England. He amassed notable trophies at the Bremgarten-Ring road circuit, winning the production sports car prize outright in 1951, and coming second the following year.

Keen to promote motor sport all over Switzerland, Scherrer was on the organising committee of the Racing Instruction Weekend staged by the Swiss Automobile Racing Association in 1952. Held in the Italian enclave of Campione, Scherrer was club president and chief instructor. He used the XK120 to give each of the star guests – which included hallowed names such as Alberto Ascari, Rudolf Caracciola and Alfred Neubauer – a familiarisation tour of the course. Along with Hermann Lang and Gigi Villoresi, they all enjoyed a passenger ride in this car.

In 1955 a Mercedes-Benz 300SL became his main race car, and the Jaguar was sold to Max Weiss of Flums, Switzerland, who was to enjoy it enormously as a road car for 33 years. Then, in 1988, XK enthusiast Urs Schmid acquired it and instigated a light and sympathetic restoration, the key part of which was reinstating its original bronze paintwork, although Scherrer’s 10cm lowered suspension has been retained. A non-original engine block is a reminder of its intense period spent as a very active competition machine.

Indeed, the racing exploits of 670063 are documented in the two-volume, highly illustrated book Jaguar XK120 – The Anatomy of a Cult Object by XK Urs Schmid.

2019-04-11 08:45:45 | pauls writes:

This car was owned by Christian Jenny. There is a detailed interview of Christian in the April 2019 issue of the XK Gazette regarding the source and selling of his cars.

2019-04-11 14:41:54 | Jeremy B writes:

Please see comments about 660684.

2019-04-14 13:40:47 | pauls writes:

Jeremy if you're commenting about not adding commentary to period photos none are given but what is provided by the seller.

2019-04-16 14:15:28 | Jeremy B writes:

I take your point - never thought of that.

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