XK's, XKE / E-type Jaguars are the top Classic British Sports Cars

Price: - Item location: Oberlin, Ohio, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Jaguar
  • Model: XK
  • SubModel: Convertible - DHC
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: 120DHC SPORTS CONVERTIBLE
  • Year: 1953
  • Mileage: 8769
  • VIN: 677125
  • Color: Green
  • Engine size: 6 Cylinder Dual Overhead Cam - 3.4 Liter
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Convertible, Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!
Description:

1953 Jaguar XK 120DHC SPORTS CONVERTIBLE

1953 XK120 JAGUAR

DHC Sport Convertible

***Classic British Racing Green (BRG) /Beautiful Luxurious Biscuit Interior---Same Color as the XK DHC Sport Convertible Jaguar Harrison Ford currently drives --------- who doesn't love a BRG British Classic Sports Car.***

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***AWARD-WINNING CAR-It has won several awards over the past few years including highly competitive JCNA Awards -- see below for details***

***MATCHING NUMBERS– Heritage Certificate Included***

***EXCELLENT INVESTMENT-Less expensive than Ferrari sand Maserati’s from the same era***

***TODAY’S CLASSIC CAR COLLECTORS WANT TO DRIVE/ENJOY THEIR INVESTMENTSand want cars that are exciting to take in continental toursor competitive navigational rallies, which iswhy the Classic XK120 Jaguar has risen to the top of the most-wanted list.***

***One can easily spend $10-20K on a Classic Car to make it reliable and roadworthy after purchasing it;THIS ONE IS READY FOR SHOW AND/OR DRIVING THE DAY IT ARRIVES in your driveway --------- you won't need to do anything to it but ENJOY IT.***

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This XK120 Jaguar DHC Sport Convertible has ALL OF THE FEATURES MOST COMMONLY DESIRED by Classic XK Jaguar Investors Including but not limited to:

·HIGH PERFORMANCE 3.4 LITER DUAL OVERHEAD CAM ENGINE - 3442 cc straight 6 engine, 160 hp/195 ft/lbs of torque, 4 Speed Transmission

·MORE COMFORTABLE BENCH STYLE SEATS

·PLENTY OF ROOM, INCLUDING LEG ROOM, UNLIKE THE XK120 OTS ROADSTER

·ROLL-UP-WINDOWS, AS OPPOSEDTO THE CUMBERSOME CURTAINS FOUND IN THE OTS XK120’s

·GORGEOUS /STUNNING WOOD DASHAND TRIM

·MATCHING #S

·CLASSIC BRITISH COLOR COMBINATION- BRITISH RACING GREEN / BISCUIT CONNOLLY INTERIOR

·LOW PRODUCTION VOLUME - ONE OF ONLY 1,769 XK120 DHC SPORT CONVERTIBLE’S PRODUCED

·WELL DOCUMENTED WITH ITS JAGUAR HERITAGE CERTIFICATE, ORIGINAL OWNER’S MANUAL, LOGBOOKS, AND MORE

·TELESCOPING STEERING WHEEL

·ELEGANT REAR FENDER SKIRTS ADDING TO THE STUNNING LINES OF AN XK120 JAGUAR

·AM RADIO

·BEAUTIFUL HIGH-END DERRINGTON WOOD-RIMMED STEERING WHEEL– A PIECE OF ART BY ITSELF

·FENDER MOUNTED MIRRORS

·DRIVING LIGHTS

·LAP BELTSFOR BOTH THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER

·HUBCAPS WITH ORIGINAL TYPE BIAS TIRES

·XK120 DHC TOOLS INCLUDING A COMPLETE TOOL ROLL, CAR JACK, AIR PUMP, AND GREASE GUN

THE XK120 JAGUAR…is the car which established Britain as a maker of great sports cars and put Jaguar on the map. The XK120 was ultimately available in three versions or body styles, first as an open two seater (OTS) described in the US market as an open roadster, then as a Fixed Head Coupe(FHC) from 1951, and finally as a DropHead Coupe(DHC) Sport Convertible from 1953. The drop head coupe (DHC) Sport Convertible was very luxurious and more civilized than the OTS. It combined both the luxurious / comfort features found in the DHC Sport Convertible, and the best of the sporty open car features found in the OTS. It has a padded, lined canvas top, which folds onto the rear deck behind the seats when retracted, and roll-up windows opposed the cumbersome curtains found in the OTS. Dashboards and door-caps in both the DHC Sport Convertible and the closed coupe (FHC) were beautiful wood-veneered, whereas the OTS was leather-trimmed. All models had removable spats("fender skirts" in America) covering the rear wheel arches, which enhanced the streamlined styling and is very elegant looking.

The initial XK120 was launched in 1948 at the London Motor Show. The idea was to build a sedan car with a race car engine to best appeal to consumers.William Lyons, the brand'sfounder, saw the future of the company as based on sedans, Lyons didn’t expect to sell many of his novel XK sport cars—they were mainly being used totest engine components and body composition for that potential futuresedan. Demand for the XK120 exploded, especially in the United States, where drivers had never seen a postwar sports car.

The XK120 was much more modern than anything else people had driven, especially for the American driver. They had only the ponderous cars from the '30s, and those were put back into production with no updates right after the war. The feel of the sports car was so new to them.”

Early models came with a straight-six, 160-bhp “XK” engine and a feline body molded out of the aluminum and trimmed in ash wood. Later the bodies were a combination of aluminum and steel; the bonnet, boot lid, and doors were aluminum, and the body/tub was steel.Preliminary results were exceptional; the early XK120 Jaguars set many speed recordsand had numerous successes from Daytona to Le Mans. Movie star Clark Gable owned several of the first XK models, and Harrison Ford currently owns an XK DHC Sport Convertible (British Racing Green/Biscuit Interior); they have since been in many movies, includingIt Should Happen To You, Kiss Me Deadly, Batman Forever,andThe Talented Mr. Ripley.

The Striking Jaguar XK120 is a Good Investment for Vintage Car lovers. The difference between many famous exotic collector cars and the Jaguar XK120isthat while hard-to-find Ferrari'sand Maserati’s command an additional tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars, the more prevalent XKs cost less and remain reliable as casual drivers. That's not to say they're ubiquitous—not by a long shot.Jaguar made12,078 XK120s from 1948 to 1954 (only 1,769) of the Rare XK120 DHC Sport Convertible);by comparison, it made more than76,000 E-Types, its most iconic car.

XK120’s are reliable to drive, and many of the best are in North America. In England a lot of cars from that era just didn’t last. England is an island surrounded by saltwater. The climate isn’t conducive to preserving cars.

In Summary the DHC Sport Convertible was the model of choice when one wanted a True Sports Car Experience delivering the Thrill of British Open-air Luxury Motoring yet didn’t want to sacrifice Comfortand Elegant Styling.

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THE XK120 DHC Sport Convertible BEING OFFERED ---- originally came from California where it was beautifully restored and the engine rebuilt by Alan Taylor of Escondido, a specialist in rare, vintage / classic cars.The car was an unmolested original car at the time it was rebuilt. More details of the restoration are outlined below.

I am selling the car for a meticulous friend of mine who is the current owner whose name is Michael. Michael has several high-end Classic British Sports Cars and has decided to downsize his collection because he is moving. If you call me, I will answer any questions you may have, and if you are serious about purchasing the car, I will put you in touch with Michael. We welcome inspections prior to the end of the auction.

Since its restoration the car has had very few miles put on it; it's been basically used for shows and pleasant sunny afternoon drives. The speedometer currently shows 8769 miles which is believed to be the miles put on the car since the restoration. Michael has put 3000 of the 8769 miles shown on the car since he has owned it. Michael has taken very good car of the car and has always kept the car in a heated garage and inside a Bubble Cover as seen in one of the photos. And Michael always kept the battery hooked up to a trickle charger during the winter.

To give you an idea of who I am, and my qualifications dealing with Jaguars, see my personal website that will show you my personal collection of Jaguars and classic motorcycles. My website is https://seepictures.wixsite.com/genesgarage. I’ve been restoring Jaguars for 40 years and a member of the Minnesota Jaguar club for 45 years; you’ll see my name on the Minnesota Jaguar Club of Minnesota as the XKE Technical Coordinator.

Michael has had routine maintenance performed on the car over the years which is well documented; the documentation will accompany the car. Additional documentation is included from the previous ownership along with a Heritage Certificate, Owner’s Manual, Logbook, and More.

As seen by the photos the car is finished in a stunning Dark British Racing Green with a Beautiful Biscuit Connolly Leather interior and matching convertible top. The beautiful wood veneer dash and trim interior is gorgeous; it belongs on a wall as a piece of art.


CONDITION IS AS FOLLOWS

(Ratings are from 5-1, 3+- 1 being Show Quality and 1 being Concours)

EXTERIOR PAINT(2) --- The exterior is painted is Classic British Racing Green; it’s not concours but as seen by the photos the car, including the paint, is a show car and shows very well. A few very faint fisheyes in a couple small areas on the paint but hardly noticeable. British Racing Green is one of the top, if not the top, colors most collectors look for in a Jaguar. It’s classy and It tends to further distinguish the beauty of this car in the sea of red cars at any local car show.

BODY SHEET METAL / CHASSIS(3-2) ---Body is solid and in show condition. It has no rust and to the best of our knowledge has never been in an accident. It spent much of its life in California and of course since being brought to the Midwest it’s only been driven only in the summer months. However, because it’s been driven the underside is dirty and obviously shows signs of use----but solid and good condition. This can be seen in the photos of the car. Regarding potential rust, the bodies on the DHC Sport Convertibles were a combination of aluminum and steel; the bonnet, boot lid, and doors were aluminum, and only the body / tub was steel. So not all of the body sheet metal was prone to rust.

INTERIOR(2) ---The contrasting biscuit interior is beautiful as seen in the photos. The floor mats are original, and it comes with plush floor mats to cover and protect the original mats.Gorgeous burled walnut accents the dashboard, A-pillars, and tops of the doors.Note the chrome door pulls on the tops of the doors. The beautiful Biscuit colored interior is the color of choice with a British Racing Green exterior.

Behind the seats is a parcel box, this was only offered in the DHC Sport Convertible and the FHC models. It’s a compartment that sits above the battery compartment; it provides additional luggage space.

ENGINE BAY(3) --- The engine bay is clean including the beautiful 3.4-liter engine.The beautiful dual overhead chromed valve covers and twin SU horizontal carburetors, nested nicely in with the other beautiful artfully placed components, is a piece of art. It’s not concours, and has signs of use including patina, but well maintained and very impressive looking. New aluminum radiator with driver operated extra fan to keep the engine cool. Has driver activated electronic choke.

TRUNK / TOOLS(2) ---Clean /Original. CorrectXK120 Spare Tire/Wheel included along with the original Tire Jack, Air Pump and Complete Correct Tool Roll, and Original Grease Gun.

WHEELS/TIRES(2) ---Great condition; tires only have 3000 miles on them.Includes a spare wheel which is stored beneath the trunk floor in a separate compartment.

GLASS(2) ---Glass is good throughout; only very minor wear / patina.And unlike the XK120 OTS the FHC windows are regular roll-up windows; not cumbersome curtains.

TOP (2) --- Good condition; beautiful English Wool headliner.

CHROME (2) ---Very nice; redone at time of restoration.

EXHAUST SYSTEM (2) --- Stainless-Steel exhaust system installed


KEY ITEMS ADDRESSED RECENTLY WITHIN THE LAST 3000 MILES

  • Rebuilt Brakes including front wheel cylinders
  • Replaced fluids including engine oil, rear differential oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, and carb oil
  • Engine service done, mostly on top (valves, etc.)
  • Converted to one 12-volt battery rather than the 2 troublesome more expensive 6 volt batteries
  • New tires with only 3000 miles on them
  • New Alloy Radiator (Original radiator included with purchase of car.)
  • Serviced water pump
  • Replaced exhaust down pipes
  • Upgraded driver activated cooling fan
  • General tune-up including new plugs, filters, rebuild carbs, thermostat, tighten misc. components, etc.
  • All service records with types of fluids listed included

THINGS THAT NEED ATTENTION – very minor.

  • Clock
  • Radio
  • Lighter

HOW DOES IT DRIVE/RUN?

The car runs as Stirling Moss noted when he first drove the 3.4-liter XK engine; “nice smooth power, and lovely noise”. It starts with ease and idles great, and the gears shift smoothly as the engine roars through each gear. Powerful, robust, and beautifully sonorous, these straight six engines are among the very best six-cylinders ever produced.The XK120 DHC Sport Convertibles employ an automatic electronic choke system so there’s no need to fiddle with a cumbersome manual choke.

Allof the instruments are fully functional along with all switches and accessories; system is charging, tach works perfectly, and oil pressure is good.And the hood latch, which is a common problem on the XK’s, works well.

Brakes were rebuilt within the last couple thousand miles, so they work well. A new aluminum radiator and driver activated electric fan were installed in 2018 so as a result the car runs cool and doesn’t overheat in warmer weather which is a common problem with vintage Jaguars.

The classic original style Tribar Headlamps and two Lucas Fog lights provide ample lighting when driving at night----and look very cool as well.

And as outlined above continuous service has been carried out on the car all contributing to a car that is ready for Show and/or for driving. BELOWIS A LINK THAT WILL CONNECT YOU TO A YouTube COLD START VIDEOdone by Michael. As you can see Michael first put his hand on the exhaust manifold to show that the car was cold. He then made his way to the driver’s seat, turned on the ignition, waited for the gas pump to activate and then started it. The car was put in storage three months before this cold start and hadn't been started until now. It does kick in well after just a few seconds. Note the oil pressure and the battery charge, both good. The idle is at 7000 right where it should be. Obviously, the temperature is low because the car was cold. Everything looks fantastic and the engine sounds great.

If you have trouble with this link to the Cold Start Video contact me with your email address and I will email it to you.

XK120 DHC Video - YouTube


The car has won several Awards, including but not limited to, the following:

· August 5, 2017- 1st Place, Champion Division, Jaguar Clubs of North America (93.670)

· May 7, 2017- 1st Place, Best in Show, British Car Day, Solon, Ohio

· May 2018- 1st Place, British Car Day, Hudson, Ohio

· August 4, 2018- 2nd Place, Driver Division, Jaguar Clubs of North America (9.922)

------ THE NEXT AWARDS WILL BE WON BY YOU ------


The striking Jaguar XK120 is a Good Investment for Vintage Car Lovers. However, if you ask most buyers, they’ll say they bought the car for passion rather than to make money. Granted, few collectors of beautiful objects, whether Picassos or Patek Philippes watches, admit tobuying for purely investment purposes.But in this case, it might be relatively true. While they hold their value, this is a car you buy for along-term love affair.


The Current Hagerty Book Value for a 1953 Jaguar DHC Sport Convertible is as follows:

Concours (#1) - $153,00

Excellent (#2) - $119,000

See the following link for the Hagerty Book Value:

https://www.hagerty.com/apps/valuationtools/1953-Jaguar-XK_120?id=75349

As seen by the description and the photos,this car is a beautiful driver /Show car,andready to be driven and/orshown at your local Classic Car Show.It is an Excellent Buy and will allow someone toAFFORDABLYpurchase a highly desirable British Classic Sports Car.I suggest you look at other XK120DHC Sport Convertible Jaguars and see if you can find another one that presents itself as well as this one does (Beautiful Classic BRG/Biscuit), has been maintained and cared for as well as Michael has done with this one, and is priced as fair as this one is. One can easily spend $10-20K on a Classic Car to make it reliable and road worthy after purchasing it; THIS ONE IS READY FOR SHOW AND/OR DRIVING THE DAY IT ARRIVES in your driveway --------- you won't need to do anything to it but ENJOY IT. And of course, who doesn't love BRG (British Racing Green); it's considered one of the most popular colors for a British Sports Car.

Any questions about this car can be addressed through eBay, or you can call me directly.My number is 612-298-5648.I will do my best to answer any questions you may have. Or if you email your contact information to me, I will call you and answer any questions you may have.

Throughout this auction I will be posting more information about this caras people call or send me questions; this information will be posted under the “QUESTION / ANSWER SECTION” of the Ad, orAT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE AD.

We are open to offers throughout this auctionand have the car advertised elsewhere --- so if it sells prior to the end of this auction I reserve the right to end this listing early.If I don’t sell the vehicle prior to the end of the auction I may post a “Buy It Now” price toward the end; at this time the vehicle may sellquicklyso don’t hesitate to call me if your mind is set on purchasing this car.

The car is sitting in Oberlin, Ohio and is available for viewing prior to the end of the auction.If you contact me, I will arrange for you to see the car.

GOOD LUCK BIDDING

TERMS OF SALE OVERVIEW

Payment:

Upon placing a bid you agree to the following Terms: if you are the winning bid you agree to pay a $2,000.00 USD non-refundable down-payment within 24 hours of auction close(i.e. PayPal), and pay the balance in full within 3 days of the close of the auction via Bank Wire Transfer. All financial transactions must be completed before the vehicle is shipped.A copy of the clear title will be emailed to the Buyer immediately upon Buyer paying the down-payment.The original clear title will be sent to the Buyer upon Buyer paying for the vehicle in full.


Disclaimer:

YOUR BID IS A BINDING CONTRACT; ONLY BID IF YOU INTEND TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THE TRANSACTION! You’re bidding to own this car, not the right to look at the car. This car is sold AS-IS WHERE-IS with No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales are final. This car is an old classic car and is not being represented as a new or a concours show car, but rather a beautiful vintage classic car.Once a deal is made the Buyer is responsible for payment and arranging shipping.However, we welcome pre-purchase inspections.

Fees and Taxes:

Out of state buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered.

Shipping:

The Buyer is responsible for arranging for shipping and responsible for all related costs. The Seller will see to it that the car is available for pick-up at a time that best meets both the Buyer’s and Seller’s schedule.

On Mar-10-20 at 07:38:52 PDT, seller added the following information:

TUESDAY, 3-10-20 ---- Note: the eBay Video Link for the "COLD START VIDEO" has not been working on everyone's computer / phone so if you can't get it to work try the following YouTube link or cut and paste it onto the address bar of your computer. If that doesn't work call me or send me your email address and I'll get you this link.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kppv8BRcDqc?rel=0

As the ad indicates this is a brief "COLD START" video of Michael starting the XK120 DHC.
Don't hesitate to call me if you have any other questions. We set the reserve price on the car at a very reasonable price. So if we don't accept an offer prior to the end of the auction there's a very good chance the car will meet the reserve price and sell.
If you should decide you'd like to make an offer don't hesitate in calling me. I can also put you in touch with Michael if you would like to speakto him directly.
GeneCell - 612-298-5648