1951 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster Red/Tan Wire Wheels Overdrive SPECTACULAR
- Condition: Used
- Make: Jaguar
- Model: Other
- Type: Convertible
- Year: 1951
- Mileage: 50,436
- VIN: 671202
- Color: Red
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Interior color: Tan
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1951 Jaguar Other
1951 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster
One of the finest restorations anywhere at any price. Work done by XKs Unlimited, one of the world leaders of marque. Incredible sorted driver made famous from its legendary wins at the, 24 hours of LeMans, multiple years in a row.
This is the car that made Jaguar legendary. Incredible condition, great driver. Photo documented history shows the car completely apart at the XK’s Unlimited facility, one of the top Jaguar parts suppliers in the world. Approximately $100,000.00 in the volumus receipts that accompany the car. From a distinguished collection owned by a meticulous jeweler. Of his 100 plus cars over the years, he says, “this is the best driving Jaguar he has ever encountered.”
Total mileage unknown.
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History of the model is below –
The Jaguar XK120 is a sports car which was manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954. It was Jaguar's first sports car since the SS 100, which ceased production in 1940.
The XK120 was launched in open two-seater or (US) roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a testbed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. The display car was the first prototype, chassis number 670001. It looked almost identical to the production cars except that the straight outer pillars of its windscreen would be curved on the production version. The roadster caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production.
Beginning in 1948, the first 242 cars wore wood-framed open 2-seater bodies with aluminum panels. Production switched to the 1cwt or 112 lb (51 kg) heavier all-steel in early 1950. The "120" in the name referred to the aluminum car's 120 mph (193 km/h) top speed (faster with the windscreen removed), which made it the world's fastest production car at the time of its launch. In 1949 the first production roadster, chassis number 670003, was delivered to Clark Gable.
The XK120 was ultimately available in two open versions, first as an open 2-seater described in the US market as the roadster (and designated OTS, for open two-seater, outside America), then also as a drophead coupé (DHC) from 1953; and also as a closed, or fixed head coupé (FHC) from 1951.
A smaller-engined version with a 2-litre 4 cylinder engine, designated the XK100, intended for the UK market was cancelled prior to production.
On 30 May 1949, on the empty Ostend-Jabbeke motorway in Belgium, a prototype XK120 timed by the officials of the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium achieved an average of runs in opposing directions of 132.6 mph with the windscreen replaced by just one small aeroscreen and a catalogued alternative top gear ratio,[note 1] and 135 mph with a passenger-side tonneau cover in place. In 1950 and 1951, at a banked oval track in France, XK120 roadsters averaged over 100 mph for 24 hours and over 130 mph for an hour, and in 1952 a fixed-head coupé took numerous world records for speed and distance when it averaged 100 mph for a week.
Roadsters were also successful in racing and rallying.