1951 Jaguar XK120 - Fixed-Head Coupe - Eligible for Mille Miglia
Original matching-numbers Jaguar XK120 Fixed-Head Coupe in Birch Grey over a black leather interior and only 03993 miles on the odometer. The car retains its original 3.4-liter double-overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine making 160 brake horsepower and four-speed manual transmission. A Jaguar certificate confirms matching-numbers and built specification is included in the sale.
The car is coming out of long-term Danish ownership and has Danish papers and registration. The car passed the Danish technical inspection (MOT/TUV/Syn) in 2019 and will not be inspected until 2027. A full inspection and service confirm that the car is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition and can be enjoyed as-is for many years to come.
VIN/Chassis Number: 679120
Odometer: 03993 miles
Transmission: 4-Speed manual
Engine: 6-cyl. 3442cc/160hp 2x1bbl
Engine Number: W34358
Exterior Color: Birch Grey
First Dealer: Hornburg
Date of Manufacture: October 11, 1951
Date of Despatch: November 14, 1951
History of the 1948-1954 Jaguar XK120:
The Jaguar XK120 is a sports car manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954. The XK120 was launched at the 1948 London Motor Show as a testbed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine designed by Jaguar Chief Engineer William Heynes. The car caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and Chairman William Lyons to put it into production.
The XK120 was ultimately available in three versions or body styles, first as an open 2-seater then as a fixed head coupe (FHC) from 1951, and finally as a drophead coupe (DHC) from 1953. All XK120s had independent Heynes designed torsion bar front suspension, semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear, recirculating ball steering, telescopically adjustable steering column, and all-around 12-inch drum brakes.
Fast, beautiful, and successful on the race track, for many the Jaguar XK120 was the ultimate production sports car of the 1950s. The public clearly thought so, as 12,078 XK120s were sold, which was far beyond the company’s wildest expectations.
The XK120 is still a quick car and can easily keep up with modern traffic, although the drum brakes have to work hard to stop the car from speed. Still immensely popular, it’s hard to say whether the wonderful engine or the lovely lines are more responsible for its enduring popularity. The wonderful exhaust note, of course, certainly plays a role as well.