Open Roads, February | Lot 121
1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster
€92,400 EUR | Sold
| Brusaporto, Italy
19 - 28 February 2021
- Restored with vintage rallies in mind
- Competed in the 2010 and 2011 Mille Miglia
- Highly eligible to numerous vintage racing events
Catapulting Jaguar out of the pre-war Era, the XK 120 was received with great fanfare at the 1948 Earl’s Court Motor Show in London. Boasting a 160 bhp 3.4-litre twin-cam inline-six cylinder engine, this was a world-beating performance car. Boasting a top speed of 120 mph, it was the fastest street-legal sports car the world had ever seen, and it was as beautiful as it was quick. Needless to say, these cars were highly sought after and while Jaguar had produced the first batch of XK 120s with hand-formed aluminum bodies, production was later changed to steel to keep up with demand.
Built in 1950 to left-hand drive specifications, this XK 120 roadster is finished in the classically British color combination of Green with a tan interior and is one of 1,025 OTS (open two-seater) roadsters produced that year. Although nothing is known about its early history, it is assumed that the car was built for the U.S. market, due to its LHD configuration and speedometer in miles rather than kilometers. Presently registered in Italy, the car has been restored with vintage racing in mind and has competed in the 2010 and 2011 Mille Miglia. Used very much as its manufacturers intended, the car shows some signs of wear throughout due to its use and is said to drive well. It is important to note that while the engine’s head is unstamped, it is of the correct type.
Highly eligible for vintage racing events, the XK 120 is a driver’s favorite not only for its event eligibility, but its performance, handling, and stunning good looks. Having competed at the Mille Miglia twice, this example would surely be welcomed back at that event again, and would provide entry to any number of vintage races or rallies across Europe.