Jaguar XK120 Roadster

While the XK120 roadster was an unintended showstopper at its 1948 introduction at Earls Court, Jaguar quickly broadened its appeal with a fixed-head coupe (FHC) in 1951, combining the roadster’s performance with a flowing roofline, roll-up windows and richly veneered interior trim. At once, the FHC was similar to, yet almost diametrically opposed to, the elemental roadster.

Bridging the two extremes, the elegant and luxurious drophead coupe (DHC) followed in 1953. Combining the open-air allure of the roadster with the luxury of the FHC, the DHC featured a carefully tailored and lined top, a genuine wool headliner and roll-up windows, providing true weather protection. Just 1,769 XK120 drophead coupes were produced before production shifted to the XK140, making them the most rare of all XK120s, aside from the very first and limited run of alloy-bodied roadsters.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse wishbones, elongated torsion bars and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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