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680935

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Record Creation: Entered on 11 January 2020.

 

Heritage Notes

First owner W. E. Sears

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2019-01-21 09:32:04 | pauls writes:

Ebay item 1/21/19
www.ebay.com/itm/1953-Other-Makes-XK120-Fixed-Head-Coupe/202571930611
Current bid: $50,100 reserve not met 2 bids 6 days left in auction, seller 1955lincoln, 290 miles stated.

Seller's description:
Just finished! Complete frame-off $200,000 restoration. This matching numbers XK120 Fixed Head Coupe is without question the finest in the world, period.

It has never been shown or seen by the general public.

Painted in its original factory Dove Grey with red Connelly leather, it is beyond stunning. Full documentation and Heritage Certificate accompany the car.

It is very fast and after the engine rebuild was rated at 135 mph. Full on engine rebuild was performed by PHP RaceEngines in Wauconda, IL. Restoration performed by Bach Racecraft of Verona, WI.

Its debut will be at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan in July. Invitation goes to the new owner.

Although called Dove Grey, the car is not grey at all as you can see from the photos. The original paint under the dash, in the door panels, and behind the deck lid on the rear were left alone and were used to exactly match the color you see today. The paint job is flawless and is an original single stage, just like it was 66 years ago. This is truly a 100 point car! Of the 127 classic cars I have owned, nothing compares to the perfection of this car.

For every seven XK120’s they made, only one was a Fixed Head Coupe; and fewer yet were ever ordered in Dove Grey. Even the hand written “XK120” in wax is still on the side of the petrol tank. So even though the tank was refurbished inside and sealed, this side panel was left untouched per my instruction.

In the 50 years that the previous owned possessed the car, he only drove it 5 times. Otherwise it was stored inside a heated building. When I found the car, there was absolutely no rust anywhere. This was a true time capsule.

The car still retains its factory translucent lavender sun visors. And the hood[bonnet] emblem is original, not a reproduction. In fact, everything is original on this car, just rebuilt, repainted or restored. It has a battery shut-off switch and still retains its original factory dual Lucas battery covers. Both batteries are brand new.

Every single nut and bolt was carefully cataloged and then plated back to new condition. Literally thousands of fasteners all went back on the car just as they were taken off. A remarkable feat.

Absolutely every aspect of this correct is correct. From the carpet and leather, to the door panels, headliner and trunk mat. This was a no-expense spared 5 year restoration.

After the engine rebuild, it was dyno’d for 5 straight hours and then driven 290 miles over 4 months to break in the motor and sort everything else mechanical. The veneering on the dash and door panels is a piece of art. It comes complete with a tool roll, owner’s manual and correct Smith’s jacking system. All five tires are of course brand new. The steering wheel is new with the center cap being original. All of the instruments have been professionally rebuilt and work accurately. The awesome and original orange ignition coil and condenser was put in at the dealer in 1955 and remains there today. The dual air cleaner canister is the original. The wiring harness is also brand new, and the wiper motor rebuilt. The correct dual SU fuel pump is visible in the undercarriage photos, as well as the leather wrapped suspension[gators]. All of the factory glass, with the exception of the windshield is original; even the domed rear window.

Again, this is the finest example of a XK120 FDC you will ever see, in certainly one of the rarest colors on a Jaguar ever offered.

2019-09-18 07:56:36 | pauls writes:

Car returns to ebay 9/18/19

www.ebay.com/itm/1953-Jaguar-XK120-FHC/202781222324

Opening bid US $139,900 no reserve, no bids 9 days left in auction same seller.

Previous auction removed.


2019-12-19 11:04:45 | pauls writes:

Car on BAT:

bringatrailer.com/listing/1953-jaguar-xk120-fhc-7/

Auction ended at $110,000 On 12/26/19

Auction description:

Lot #26516

Seller: MSCLASSICCARSLLC

Location: Seekonk, Massachusetts, previously Verona, WI

Chassis: 680935

400 Miles Shown, TMU

Original 3.4L Inline-Six

Four-Speed Gearbox

Left-Hand-Drive FHC

$200k Restoration Completed 2018

Bare-Metal Repaint

New Red Leather Upholstery

Engine & Gearbox Rebuilt

Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate

Tool Kit and Spare Tire

Private Party or Dealer: Dealer

Professional restoration completed in 2019!

Original sheet metal!

Matching numbers throughout!

This concourse 1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe is a rolling piece of artwork and excellence is its presence. This car has been professionally restored to high show quality standards throughout and it's simply one of the best! The Jaguar XK120 is a sports car manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954. It was Jaguar's first sports car since SS 100 production ended in 1939. In 1949, the first production car, chassis number 670003, was delivered to Clark Gable. Some would argue this is best looking automobile ever built. A total of 12,056 Jaguar XK120's were built during the entire production run. Of the 12,056 built, only 2,678 were Fixed Head Coupes (FHC). The Jaguar Heritage Certificate #35562 for this car was issued by JDHT on March 13, 2012 by Chief Archivist- Anders Ditlev Clausager. The certificate documents this car, chassis #680935, was manufactured on March 12th, 1953. The original distributor was Hornburg in Los Angeles, Ca and the first owner was W.E. Sears. This car left the factory with a Dove Grey exterior and Red interior. This is a seldom-seen color combination that is truly stunning in every sense of the word.

This car was purchased from a gentleman who owned the car for over 50 years by well-known Tom Griffith of Madison, WI. Tom Griffith is a collector and restorer of fine motor cars. Tom has sold many vehicles that have set sales records. Tom purchased this car for himself with intentions of keeping it. When Tom found the car there was absolutely no rust anywhere. It was a true time capsule. He spent six years restoring this car methodically. He invested countless hours in research, parts and labor. Absolutely every aspect of this car was done as correctly as possible. Every single nut and bolt was carefully cataloged and then plated back to new condition. Literally thousands of fasteners all went back on the car just as they were taken off. Tom claims to have over $200,000.00 in the total cost which comes as no surprise. The restoration was completed in 2019 and has been driven 400 miles since completion. This car looks runs and drives amazing!

The car retains all the original sheet metal which is unheard of with this generation of Jaguars. During the restoration there were three areas that required minor work so the areas were cut out and repaired. The three pieces of sheet metal were saved and included with the car. The body is extremely straight with precise gap lines throughout. The car was finished in its original color of Dove Grey which is beautiful. The color was computer matched perfectly with the original paint color that was on the car. The original paint was left under the dash, in the door panels and behind the deck lid. The high quality paint job is original single stage and impeccable. The fender skirts add the extra touch and are easily removable. All of the glass is in excellent condition and original with exception of the front windshield. Everything on the exterior has been restored or replaced such as the trim, seals, wipers, door handles, grill, light bezels, lights, front bumpers and rear bumpers. The hood emblem which is original and not a reproduction. The wheels and trimmed Jaguar hub caps were painted to match the exterior. The wheels are wrapped with new Excelsior Stahl Sport Radial 6.00 R16 tires that have a 4-ply rating.

The luxurious interior was finished in its original red with new Connelly leather. It was restored to the highest level of quality with great craftsmanship throughout. The interior cabin appears small but is actually spacious considering the design. The headliner and upholstery was beautifully restored. It still retains the factory translucent lavender sun visors. The wood veneering on the dash and door panels is a piece of art. The dash mounted rear view mirror and sliding ash tray is so cool. All of the instruments have been rebuilt and work accurately. The steering wheel is new and the center cap is original. It has two correct batteries behind the seat that retain the original Lucas battery covers. A battery power cut off switch is installed for long term storage. Everything in the interior is in working order such as the wipers, lights, turn signals, horn, gauges, telescopic steering column, emergency brake, etc.

The trunk compartment was finished in its original color paint. It was restored to the highest level of quality. It houses a red trunk mat, painted wheel, spare tire, tool roll and correct Smiths jacking system as it came from the factory. Under the trunk lid was upholstered to match the interior which looks amazing with the attention to detail.

The painted engine compartment was finished in its original color paint. It's very correct and highly detailed throughout. The factory body tags are located in the correct locations and match the Jaguar Heritage Certificate. The wiring harness is new and all the wiring is correct. The windshield wiper motor was rebuilt. The car is powered by the original matching numbers 3.4L DOHC Inline 6 cylinder engine #W7867-8. With a high performance, high-strength aluminum alloy cylinder head, hemispherical combustion chambers, inclined valves and twin side-draft SU carburetors, the dual overhead-cam 3.4L straight-6 XK engine was highly advanced for a mass produced unit of the time. The engine was completely rebuilt by well-known PHP Race Engines located in Wauconda, IL. The invoice of the entire engine rebuild is included. The engine was dyno tested for five straight hours to properly break in the engine. The engine rebuild now would allow the car to reach speeds of 135 mph. The original orange ignition coil and condenser that was added at the dealership in 1955 remains in the car today. The dual air cleaner canister is original as well. The correct dual SU fuel pump is being used. This engine starts quickly with a factory automatic choke which works very nicely. The engine runs and performs beautifully. The engine is coupled to a 4-speed manual gearbox which was completely rebuilt. The clutch and transmission operate excellent.

The undercarriage was correctly restored and highly detailed throughout. This undercarriage would be displayed with mirrors on the field at a Concours show. Everything underneath this car was restored or replaced such as the steering components, braking components and suspension components. It even has the leather wrapped gators. This car is very tight with no rattles. It really handles the road well.

This 1953 Jaguar XK120 FHC is one of the best examples in the world. It has been restored to a much higher level than most Jaguar XK120s. Just look and compare. The difference is as clear as day. Buy the best!

2019-12-20 05:50:02 | pauls writes:

Car also on ebay 12/20/19

www.ebay.com/itm/1953-Jaguar-XK-120/124016509240

Car has a buy it now price of $999,999.99 for 6 days, same seller msclassiccars

2019-12-27 08:16:01 | Mike May writes:

Here is a quote from an observer sirwilliamlyons on BaT 

"Considering the high cost of this restoration, there should be no excuses for some of these errors.

Here are my critical observations as an "expert" of these amazing pieces of art:

The coil is incorrect

The location of the condenser is incorrect

There should not be engine lift brackets attached to the head

The directional flasher is incorrectly placed

The breather hose and thermostat lead are incorrectly routed

The thermostat housing is incorrect

The radiator cap is incorrect

The tires are incorrect

Some tools are missing and the roll is incorrect

The screws through the carpet on the sills are incorrect

The map drawer should be flocked

The glove box should be flocked not fabric lined

The entire rear package shelf area should be red wool not the headliner color

The steering wheel boot is incorrect

The fender welting should be body color

The front bumpers should not have mounting bolts through them

Otherwise, very well done! Cheers!"


Here is another from an "expert" allthatchrome on the same site.

"Tom Griffith, I restored this car and this Jag is the finest one I’ve ever done."


Here are only a few of my originality observations to add from the photos submitted.

Seat frames wrong color

Inner door handles repositioned (no matter by who)

Wrong cigar lighter

Wrong grub screws in steering wheel

Aftermarket headlamps

Should be screws not bolts holding trunk mechanism

No ignition wire chrome clamp

Welds not finished along hood to fender line

Nice car

2020-01-11 06:40:24 | pauls writes:

Car returns to ebay 1/11/20

www.ebay.com/itm/1953-Jaguar-XK-120/124040902363

Car has a buy it now price of $169,900, for 6 days, same seller.

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