|Open Two Seater||Red|
|Left Hand Drive||Fawn|
|Charles Hornburg, Los Angeles|
|30 May 1952|
|20 May 1952||United States|
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2011-11-10 07:44:10 | pauls writes:
Ebay item 11/10/11
Opening bid $1,952 reserve not met, no bids yet 6 days left in auction.
By Kurt Tanner Restorations, is a 1952 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster. Out of the 7600 total production for 120 Roadsters, only approximately 1150 had the SE , or special equipment designation. This included an uprated engine to 180 bhp, 3/8 inch high lift camshafts, twin exhaust system, lightened flywheel, special front crankshaft dampener, 1 inch thick torsion bars, and center-lock wire wheels. This 1952 car features the early body with separate chrome parking light housings, but late enough to have the foot vent boxes. This car was produced as an SE model with all the upgraded options, but early enough before the factory designated these cars with the letter 'S' as a prefix in the VIN number. It is a full, numbers matching car. It's factory color scheme was originally Creme with Red trim, with Fawn top and sidescreens. The original wire wheels are still painted in the correct body color paint. It is an exceptional car for restoration, and has been disassembled with much work, money, and time already spent. It is a 100% totally complete vehicle, with several items already purchased for it. I purchased this vehicle approximately 2 years ago in this condition, but 6 months previous to that had seen the car fully assembled and totally complete, ready for restoration. I can testify to it's completeness. Please read on for an accurate description.
BODY As shown by the photos, the body and panels on this car are in excellent condition. The body was carefully soda-blasted inside and out, and all minor repairs were made including the typical corrosion in the battery boxes. The metal return edges supporting the wooden floorboards were weak, so they were consequently replaced. The B-post box pillars had some localized repairs, as well as a very small section at the tail end of the body. The biggest job was the full restoration of all 4 door hinges. These needed complete removal and repair, but are now perfect and well-greased. All aluminum panels were painstakingly and carefully stripped by hand, scrubbed and washed to a lovely bare-metal finish, inside and out. The bonnet has been very tastefully and sensibly louvered some time in the fifties or sixties, and is done in an attractive and expert way. The trunk lid is in good condition, but needs the rearmost, lower wood piece replaced. The doors need some welding of minor cracks in the hinge mount areas. All panels line up considerably well, and the main body only has a handful of dents. There is no accident damage. After an easy day's work of fitting up panels and alignment, this car would be certainly ready for the paint shop. All other associated body parts and panels have been blasted as well.
MECHANICALS Totally complete. The engine and gearbox have been left completely together and intact, still with the original coil, carbs, generator, starter, intake and exhaust manifolds, air cleaners, breather pipe, distributor, oil filter, etc. The engine is currently stuck from sitting, and will need to be freed up and disassembled for rebuild, as well as the gearbox. The steering box was partially dismantled for removal from the car, but looks to be in very good condition. The rear axle has been steam cleaned, turns smoothly, and seems to be in good shape. The rear splined hubs will need replacing. The radiator still has the original core and looks very good.
CHASSIS Considerable time and money has been spent here. The chassis frame along with all associated suspension and undercarraige parts have been powder-coated in black gloss to an excellent standard. There is some minor pitting on the top part of the frame, just above the area where the passenger rocker panel would reside once the body is back on the chassis. The area would not be visible, though. All suspension parts look excellent and are waiting to go back on the frame once chassis parts are purchased. New rear springs need to be purchased. All chassis nuts and bolts have been correctly replated in black cadmium for an original finish. All fuel and brake lines have been retained for replicating. The 4 original brake drums have been machined and only require painting. The brake shoes are in good condition. The original rear shocks have been rebuilt and are still in the box. The front splined hubs are excellent. The car comes with 5 original painted spoke rims plus a set of 4 newer 54-spoke chrome wire wheels fitted with 6.00x16 BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewall tires. Overall, the chassis and parts are beautiful and require simple, straightforward reassembly.
INTERIOR TRIM AND CHROME All old interior panels have been removed and saved for reference. A newer OSJI full retrim kit has been purchased for this car in red and is still wrapped up in the protective bags. This includes full wool carpet kit, interior panel kit, leather armrest, sufficient leather to recover cockpit railings, trunk kit, leather seat kit, bulk black canvas for top and tonneau,etc. - everything needed for a complete retrim. The seats have already been correctly retrimmed and look very nice. This car is totally complete with original sidecurtain set, top frame and anchor bar, dashboard, gauges, swithgear, steering wheel, hornpush, heater, wiper motor, etc., etc. These items need restoring but are complete and decent. All the original chrome is present, but definitely needs a replate. The grille is in excellent condition. The bumpers are a little banged up. One of the windshield glass is broken.
MISCELLANEOUS As seen by the photos, lots of items and bracketry has been cleaned up or carefully bead-blasted. Several items have attended to, with alot of additional work expended.
OVERVIEW This Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster for sale here is totally complete. I can think of nothing that is missing from the car. It is a very solid car with good integrity and a very good body. If you are looking to restore a good 120, then this car offers approximately a $10,000-$15,000 headstart(in the trim kit, powder-coating, chrome wheels and tires, soda -blasting,parts,sheet-metal repair, labor, etc.) over other assembled candidates, which may have rust, accident-damage, and most likely need door hinge repair. All sheetmetal and body repairs to this car were professionally carried out and at a large expense, and this car is ready for straightforward body and paint. Considerable time, efforts, and funds have gone into this car, and have been properly spent. The added bonus is that this car is an early, seperate parking light car with the SE specification, which adds value to the finished product. This car is sold with an old Oklahoma title, with history back to Washington state where it was possibly delivered to when new. It is sold with it's original brass ID plate, original body tag, key and key fob, and original Jaguar hood emblem.
1952 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster
Chassis # 672233
2011-11-24 06:59:42 | pauls writes:
Car returns to ebay 11/24/11
Current bid $1,952 reserve not met, 2 bids 6 days left in auction. Buy it now price $39,900.
Previous auction says sold for $37,500 after 5 bids, guess not.
2020-03-20 07:12:25 | pauls writes:
Car returns to ebay 3/20/20
Opening bid $150,000 0 bids 9 days left in auction buy it now price $225,000 seller jag_lover, 50 miles stated, car now said to be in La Verne, California previously Clairmont, California.
1952 Jaguar XK120 OTS, JCNA Champion Class Winner, 100% Correct Restoration, No Reserve Auction
Offered for sale is a JCNA Concours winning, frame-off restored, numbers matching 1952 Jaguar XK120, Open Two-Seater (OTS), finished in red leather with red Wilton wool carpets. Only 6,436 left-hand-drive (LHD) XK120 OTS models were produced. The XK120 being offered was produced in May of 1952, one month prior to the SE model being issued. However, the car was later updated to SE specifications per Jaguar Factory Service Bulletins. This car is unique in the fact that it still has the early-style distributor cap with wires running out of the side to the back of the cylinder head, uses metal ignition connectors instead of plastic, uses the early-style Aluminum fan blade, does not have demisters or windscreen washers, follows the paint specifications from the Foleshill Jaguar factory paint shop (engine compartment, underside of Bonnet, Bonnet latch components, etc. are painted flat-Black. Wire wheels, front and back bumper brackets, etc. are painted body color. The car comes with an original Radiomobile model RM 4202 radio, labeled EMITRON JAGUAR CUSTOM (for display only), for use in North and South America, and many other export markets. The car also comes with tonneau cover, pair of correct restored side curtains and storage pouch, Jaguar XK120 tool pouch containing a full set of correct tools (including extremely rare set of original 'short' BRITISH MADE open-ended spanners, several rare literature pieces, original Jaguar Service Manual, Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook, correct tire pump and tools for the Boot (trunk). The car also features a set of five painted wire wheels including five rare Dunlop RS5 bias-ply black wall 'show' tires, a set of five Dunlop chrome wire wheels including five Vredstein black wall radial tires, a JAGUAR show plate under the front bumper, a correct front license plate bracket, a pair of Lucas model SFT700S fog lamps (with correct box-style lens, correctly installed wiring harness and chrome push-pull switch), a pair of extremely rare Lucas Leman's sealed beam headlamps (all XK120s delivered by the factory to USA had sealed beam headlights installed by US dealers by law.) In the rear, the car includes a correct accessory chrome luggage rack compete with picnic basket, and an original extremely rare HORNBURG (west coast Jaguar distributor) license plate bracket. Also comes with an extremely rare Smiths Cigar Lighter Tag. Some pictures show a custom-made club badge holder on the front RH bumper. One picture shows the car with chrome wire wheels with black wall radial tires. NOTICE: The owner wishes to keep the custom-built club badge holder with two badges, as it was a gift from his best friend (it is not included with the car, nor is the original Brown paper envelop with the guarantee and service warrantee, etc., shown in Appraisal Report pictures).
NOTE 1: This car is featured in the Jaguar XK120 JCNA Concours d'Elegance Judging Guide (Third Printing) for official use by all JCNA judges at USA, Canada and Mexico JCNA Concourse judging events.
NOTE 2: this car was appraised by Auto Appraisal Network on 3/3/2020. Auto Appraisal Network determined a Replacement Value for this vehicle, as of the date specified, was: $280,500.00. SEE APPRAISAL PICTURE for contact info. ON-SITE INSPECTION IS WELCOME.
The car includes an official Jaguar Heritage Certificate, with the following information:
Make and model Jaguar XK120
Body Style Open two-seater (OTS), left-hand drive
Date of manufacture 20 May 1952
Chassis Number 672233
Engine number W 5003-8
Body number F 4216
Gearbox number JL 10859
Transmission Manual (4-speed)
Exterior paint colour Cream
Interior trim colour Red
Hood (soft-top) colour Fawn
Original distributor Charles H. Hornburg, los Angeles, California
Original dealer Not recorded
Date of dispatch 30 May 1952
First owner Homer E Smith (address not recorded)
Registration mark Not recorded
Source: Jaguar Heritage Certificate issued 15 December 2011, By Anders Ditlev Clausager ,Chief Archivist
The first owner of the Jaguar XK120 OTS, chassis no.672233, was: Homer E Smith (address not recorded), date of purchase May, 1952, price unknown.
The second owner was: C. H. Hale, Seattle, WA. (Date of purchase and purchase price is unknown).
The third owner's name was: Harold Brenholtz, Ada, OK, date of purchase 25 September 1969 (Purchase price is unknown) NOTICE: the Oklahoma Certificate of Title indicated the Model as 'XK120 Re-built'. It is likely that the car was involved in some type of minor front-end collision and was at some-point in a junk yard, which resulted in a 'Re-Built' status on the Oklahoma Title.
The fourth owner's name is unknown. Date of purchase was sometime after 1967 (Place and purchase price is unknown).
The fifth owner's name was: Kurt Tanner, an Austin-Healy car restorer in Claremont, CA, now located in Santa Ana. (Date of purchase and purchase price are unknown). Either Kurt Tanner or the previous owner completely disassembled the car by removing the body, engine and all other parts, including the chassis and suspension. Pictures are available.
The sixth and current owner's name is Robert 'Bob' Sheridan, La Verne, CA. The XK120 was purchased from Austin Healy restorer, Kurt Tanner in December 2011 in totally disassembled condition. Bob Sheridan registered the car not realizing the implication of its Oklahoma 'Re-built Title'. Unfortunately, the California DMV assigned a 'Salvage Title' on the Pink Slip, however, the chassis and body are in perfect, straight condition with no evidence of any prior damage. Why the car was issued a 'Re-built Title' in Oklahoma remains a mystery.
During the 6-year restoration period between 2012 and 2018, all chrome pieces were sent out for re-chroming to show car quality, hundreds of new and used parts were sourced and purchased as needed, the Jaguar XK120 engine, cylinder head, dual-carburetors and dual brake master cylinder professionally rebuilt. Concurrently, Bob reassembled the chassis components (suspension, brake parts, wheels, brake lines, fuel lines, shocks, steering components, fuel tank, then he and his son Jason reattached the body to the chassis. Bob estimates that he expended at least 20-hours per week (part-time) for a minimum of 20-weeks during the year, equaling 265-hours per year, for a 3-year total of approximately 795-hours of labor. (Conservative estimate)
During restoration, in 2015 the car was hauled up to Ojai, CA for some repairs, bodywork and painting, etc. Total hours expended during the year for metalwork, welding, bodywork, painting, mechanical work, etc. by 3-people totaled approximately 685-hours of labor.
During restoration, in 2016 the car came back from bodywork and painting, etc. and Bob installed a new wiring harness then began reassembling the car. (Labor is included the 795-hours of labor above)
Also, during 2016, Bob was asked by Jack Humphrey, then President of the Jaguar Clubs of North America (JCNA) to research and write a new Jaguar XK120 JCNA Concours d'Elegance Judging Guide. After being vetted and endorsed by the JCNA Concours Rules Committee and Chief Judge Dick Cavicke, Bob prepared a XK120 Judging Guide outline then recruited a team of twelve JCNA XK120 experts, including co-author and well known XK120 expert Roger Payne, located in Sydney, Australia. The purpose of the Jaguar XK120 JCNA Concours d'Elegance Judging Guide is to provide JCNA Judges and XK120 owners with a definitive authenticity and reference guide for describing and picturing XK120 parts as they were supplied by the Jaguar factory. The 175-page Jaguar XK120 JCNA Concours d'Elegance Judging Guide has been subjected to extensive peer review and represents the best information available. The Jaguar XK120 JCNA Concours d'Elegance Judging Guide (2020 Third Printing) features many pictures of Bob's 1952 XK120 OTS, (the same car being offered for sale in this auction) Chassis No. 672233. Bob also co-authored the 322-page Jaguar XK120 Authenticity Reference Guide (All Models) book with Roger Payne, which also features many pictures of Bob's 1952 XK120 OTS, Chassis No. 672233 in the 2020 Third Printing.
Restoration was completed in early 2018. At his first JCNA Concours in Golden, CO, Bob received a score of 99.86 in Champion Class and was awarded 'Best in Show'. The car was hauled in an open trailer over 1,000 miles to the event. On the way, the car was rained and snowed on and received several minor deductions for water spots on the engine, etc. that Bob missed during pre-show detailing. Had it been towed in an enclosed trailer it would have very likely have received a 100.00 point score. Bob attended three JCNA Concours events in 2018 and placed third in the overall JCNA National rankings for XK 120 Champion Class judging, with a final average score of 99.10. This car is perfect for the person who wants to attend JCNA Concours events and go after the National Grand Champion award with a 100.00 point car.
Since its restoration, the car has been fastidiously maintained and cared for. The paint finish and brightwork are excellent, the body is straight, with consistent panel fits and gaps, the rubber and glass are all new. Although the original Dunlop RS5 16-inch bias-ply black wall 'show' tires have plenty of remaining tread, they are not roadworthy. The interior is impeccable. The leather seats are virtually flawless, as are the Wilton wool carpets and interior panels. The dash and instrument panel are beautiful and all the gauges, electrical components, switches, knobs, lights and horn are functional. The car's undercarriage is entirely rust-free, solid and correct. NOTICE: The car was meticulously restored using the Jaguar XK120 JCNA Judging Guide pictures and judging guidelines for correctness. It is, in the XK120 Judging Guide author's opinion, a 100% correct example of a 1952 Jaguar XK120 OTS as delivered from the Jaguar factory.
The original numbers matching engine starts up immediately upon pushing the ignition button, idles correctly and pulls strongly and smoothly through each of the transmission gears. The car drives and brakes straight and the suspension is tight. The new speedometer shows less than 50 miles on the car since its restoration. It has been driven for very short distances, mainly to keep the brake rubber from going bad and to exercise the engine and mechanicals. Since restoration, the car has not been driven on any highway or freeway.
NOTE 3: The owner hopes that the car will go into a private collection or car museum. At 68 years old the car still looks as good as the day it left the factory. The car is too pristine to drive on the road except for special occasions.
NOTE 4: One picture shows a heel pad missing correct horizontal stitching. The photo was taken at the upholstery shop. The upholsterer later added the missing stitch, which can be seen in the photo showing the Smith's Cigar Lighter tag. The incorrect heel pad photo shows a view of the Radio.