|Fixed Head Coupe||Red|
|Left Hand Drive|
|Max Hoffman, New York|
|8 January 1953|
|2 January 1953||United States|
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Record Creation: Entered on 5 November 2018.
Photos of 680579
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Exterior Photos (10)
Uploaded November 2018:
Interior Photos (1)
Details Photos: Exterior (4)
Detail Photos: Interior (2)
Detail Photos: Engine (4)
Detail Photos: Other (3)
Restoration Photos: Start (1)
Restoration Photos: Stripdown (1)
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2018-11-05 13:11:49 | pauls writes:
Car was at auction 9/18
1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupé
A bright red XK120 Coupé. Style with a capital 'S'
Registration: 158 UYO
Chassis Number: S680579
Engine Number: W70968S
Year of Manufacture: 1953
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Unsold
Striking FHC in a lovely colour combination
Long-term single UK ownership
Ground-up restoration over a number of years
Desirable manual gearbox model
The car presented here is a 1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe (FHC), specified new with the desirable manual gearbox. According to the car’s accompanying Heritage Certificate, it was a left-hand drive US-spec car, finished in Black with a Red interior and was completed on the 2nd January 1953 before being despatched to Jaguar's legendary New York distributor, Max Hoffman. It was fitted with a manual gearbox which was unusual in a car destined for America. From the Heritage Certificate and physical inspection, the car is thought to retain its matching-numbers status.
As an engineer and car enthusiast, our vendor has overseen many thorough Jaguar restorations over the years, enjoying a long relationship with the marque. Now back in the UK, this particular XK120 was acquired as a ‘project’ back in 1994 and did require extensive restoration, but this did not deter our resourceful vendor. Using his own skills and those of numerous specialists, he set about a real ‘ground-up’ renewal of the chassis, bodywork, and mechanicals (all of which is captured in multiple photographs – a few of which are published here). Due to his advancing years, and possibly enjoying the restoration 'journey' more than the end result, the car is now offered for sale. It's a genuinely useable example, restored thoroughly and presented to a fair standard, perhaps requiring some minor ‘finishing-off’ and some additional ‘shake-down’ miles under its wheels (it has only covered around 50 miles since completion). The mechanicals all appear to be well re-engineered, having been fully refurbished and sounding/running as they should.
There is a real purity of design to the XK120, and something quite distinctive and more purposeful about the Coupé over the more commonplace Roadster, especially a standard model on steel wheels, with no spats and a manual box - a drivers’ XK120 if you like. Here is a very solid example from long-term ownership, offered at a very tempting guide price.
2018-11-10 13:02:14 | pauls writes:
Car did not sell.