2019 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction

1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

$80,000 - $90,000

No Reserve


Engine In-line six-cylinder, 3442cc
Gearbox Four-speed Manual with overdrive
Engine No. W4202 8
Chassis No. 671875
Body Work Roadster
Colour Bronze
Interior Two-tone Tan & Brown
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel with hubcaps
Brakes Drums

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Jaguar's first post-war car, the XK120, was the sensation of the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show (UK) and has firmly established itself as one of the greatest sports cars of all time. From the stunning lines by Sir William Lyons to the legendary XK straight-six engine, the XK120 looked and performed like nothing else on the road and, in a Britain still struggling to recover from the dark days of the war, soon captured the imagination of the public. A strong showing in competition certainly did the XK120’s reputation little harm - in its most highly developed form, as the XK120C (or C-Type) the model won the Le Mans 24-Hour race on no less than two occasions, while standard cars were successfully campaigned all over the world. The XK120 was powered by a brand new 3.4-litre twin-cam six-cylinder engine developing 160 bhp, enough to propel the Jaguar to a top speed of almost 120 mph - making it the fastest production car of the day. Initially available as a roadster only, Jaguar then expanded the range to include a stylish fixed-head coupe and drophead coupe. Very few XK120s were built in right-hand drive guise, with most earmarked for export. As values of the XK sports models have soared in recent years, XK120 roadsters have become increasingly sought after.


  • XK120 Roadster perfect for improvement
  • Current owner 23 years
  • Large amount of history with car
  • No Reserve
Any Jaguar XK120 roadster is going to grab attention and our example here is no different. Delivered new to the Charles Horburg Jaguar dealership in California as a left-hand-drive car, this February 1952-build XK120 roadster’s early history is unclear but at some stage was purchased by a McDonnel-Douglas Corporation electrical designer based in Missouri, who worked on the FA18 Hornet program and by 1971 had owned it 18 years. According to the Jaguar XK120 authority ‘The Jaguar XK120 in the Southern Hemisphere’ by John Elmgreen & Terry McGrath, our car was then imported into Australia in 1990 by Victorian Jaguar car club member Garry Ayre who in 1992 sold it to its next custodian a Mr Stephens still in its original bronze paint. In his ownership, some work was carried out by specialist Geoff Leake, and the car converted to right-hand-drive. In 1996 it changed hands again, to its now deceased scientist owner of 23 years. Along this journey it’s been fitted with a louvered alloy bonnet, alloy door skins and an alloy boot lid. Today it’s finished in metallic bronze, however the paint could do with a refresh or left as is. The original fawn interior was redone at some stage and is now a two-tone Tan and Brown. There are wind deflectors either side of the windscreen and driving lights at the front to give the car a bit more presence, and all the brightwork is in place, even if patinaed. Our XK120 had been used regularly, including use on various historic road rally events, documents of which form part of its history file. Included too is a Heritage certificate from Jaguar, importation documentation, spare parts catalogue, original service manual and even the owner’s personal notebook covering its life in his ownership. There’s also period images from its early years in the USA ! While previously on Victorian club registration, this 1952 Jaguar XK120 is being offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve.
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