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1952 Jaguar XK120 Coupe PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bill Pack
Estimate: $125,000 - $150,000 USD
  • 1952
  • Jaguar
  • XK120
  • 679274, Left Hand Drive
  • W 4101-8; 3442 CCs, DOHC Inline Six Cylinder
  • J 1278; 2-Door Fixed Head Coupe
  • Dark Blue
  • Red Connolly Leather
  • 26,619 Miles
  • Outstanding Example with Matching Numbers
  • Very Low Total Mileage since New
  • Researched by Prominent Authority
  • Certificate 29521 from Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust
  • Continuous Provenance from New
  • Nicely Restored to Original Specifications
  • Includes Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook

Exquisite Low Mile Example

When Sir William Lyons unveiled the Jaguar XK120 at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948, the car was very enthusiastically received. The XK120 combines sensuous lines with robust performance thanks to its 6-cylinder twin overhead-camshaft engine. This 1952 Fixed Head Coupe is in excellent condition, has a continuous provenance since new and has matching numbers throughout. This car shows very low miles, and its comprehensive 1990s restoration is holding up extremely well. It comes with a Certificate from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.

Former Owners

History of this Car

This Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe was produced in Britain in 1952 and shipped to California. It was purchased new by J. T. Brasher who is thought to have been a political activist. He died suddenly in 1953 and his estate, including the XK120, was inherited by his sister. She kept the car garaged in California for the next twenty years. In 1973, Bette and Tom Adams purchased the car because Bette had been the previous owner’s roommate in college and had always thought it beautiful. At the time the XK120 showed 12,000 recorded miles. The car was then driven from Los Angeles to Memphis, Tennessee where Bette and Tom lived. In 1976, the XK120 had been in a minor accident involving the right rear fender, and this led to a small disagreement between Bette and Tom. A decision was made to sell the car. Lee Kihnke of Spring Lake, Michigan acquired the XK120 in 1979 and renovated the car back to its original condition. He owned the car for the next eight years, driving it only sparingly. In early 1987 the car was acquired by Gerhard Hage of Germany. Later that same year, Hage sold the XK120 to another German, Wolfgang Mathai, who was looking for a low mileage example. Mathai had the car fully restored in Germany between 1991 and 1992. He offered the car for sale in early 2008, and later that year it was purchased by its current American owner.

“It is typically British that Jaguar never claimed more than 120 mph for this car.”Californian Autonews - Following the 132 mph demonstration in Belgium in May of 1949

Notable Events

Historic Context of the Jaguar XK120

Few new cars have ever generated the enthusiasm that the original Jaguar XK120 did at its world premiere at the Earls Court Motor Show on October 27, 1948. The XK120 combined sensuous lines with robust performance provided by a newly designed and very powerful twin-overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine. The car was offered for sale at the incredibly low price of 988 British Pounds, and all who saw it were greatly impressed. To add to the allure of the car, on the morning of May 30, 1949, a stock XK120 Roadster, with windshield removed and an optional undertray fitted, achieved a speed of 132 mph on the Jabbeke-Aeltre Highway in Belgium. In doing so, the car not only bettered its advertised top speed of 120 mph, but also became the fastest production car in the world. The sophisticated XK120 fixed head coupe was introduced in 1951. Its sweeping roofline evoked the pre-war designs of the Type 57 Bugattis. In this form, the car exhibited its true Grand Touring character. Of the total XK120 production of 12,055 cars, only about 2,580 were fixed head coupes. In the hands of racing drivers around the world, the XK120 and its C and D Type successors brought more credit and acclaim to Britain than any other marque. In the Jaguar XK120, Sir William Lyons and his associates had produced one of the most universally admired cars ever made.

Things to Consider about this Car

This 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe is a remarkably low mileage example and its current condition is excellent driver quality. It is a sound specimen all around with matching numbers and a JDHT Certificate. The original color of silver gray has been changed to dark blue. This delightful Grand Touring Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe is ready to serve its next owner very well indeed.John Kleen, Vintage Consultant

References

Production Certificate issued July 7, 2008 by Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust

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