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Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953

Price: £64,500

  • Year

    1953

  • Make

    Jaguar

  • Model

    XK120 DHC

  • Engine Capacity

    3441cc

  • Engine Configuration

    Inline 6

  • Exterior

    Black

  • Interior/Trim

    Red Bridge of Weir Leather w. Red Carpets

  • RHD/LHD

    RHD

  • Transmission

    4-Speed Manual

  • Chassis no.

    667082

  • Engine no.

    KF-8560-8

  • Registration

    506 UYG

THIS CAR
  • 1 of 294 home market RHD Drophead Coupes, first registered in November 1953.
  • Whilst much of the car’s life is sadly undocumented, a previous Bonhams sale stated the following:
    • “Nothing is known of this XK120’s history prior to its purchase in December 1975 by the immediately preceding owner. Works carried out during the latter’s 39-year ownership include rewiring the electrics forward of the bulkhead in the late 1970s and a ‘body off’ restoration undertaken circa 2000/2001. The latter involved removing and repairing all body panels; minor patching to the chassis; a compete interior re-trim in red Bridge of Weir leather; and a new hood. In 2013 the car was treated to a new clutch, all new brake hydraulics, an engine flush and new core plugs. Rear wheel spats, air horns, copper brake pipes, two 12-volt batteries and negative earth electrics are the only notified deviations from factory specification.
  • We do know that at some point in the car’s life the original engine was replaced with a 3.4L unit from a Jaguar Mk1 Saloon:
    • Block: #KF-8560-8
    • Cylinder Head: #KE-7001-8
  • In 2016, MDM Services of Leicester carried out recommissioning works totalling over £10,000, which included, among other things:
    • Engine Mounts Changed
    • Full Front & Rear Suspension Refresh
    • New Wiring Looms
    • All Ball Joints Replaced
    • Throttle Linkage Repaired
    • Brake Pipes Replace Where Necessary
    • Full Service Carried Out
  • What’s more, in October 2023 the car was sent to Greg Smith Engineering for a full brake system overhaul.
  • Since arriving us, we decided to commission a full cosmetic and mechanical inspection of the car, a summary of which can be seen below:
Inspection Report
  • The overall conclusion of the report was that the car is a good, solid example of a non-matching numbers XK120.
  • The bodywork, while very presentable, is clearly from an older restoration, with a couple of small localised areas of bubbling/blistering (specifically, the LHR wheel arch/quarter panel, and the RH lower door).
    • It’s worth reiterating that these areas are localised, and could easily be repaired.
  • Importantly, the car’s chassis, structure, floorpans and sills are all in healthy, solid condition.
  • We performed a compression test across all 6 cylinders, which produced the following figures:
    Cylinder 1 139.0 psi
    Cylinder 2 140.8 psi
    Cylinder 3 134.8 psi
    Cylinder 4 141.0 psi
    Cylinder 5 148.0 psi
    Cylinder 6 139.0 psi
RECENT WORKS
  • Following the above inspection report, a few items were identified that needed to be addressed.
  • As such, Classic Performance Engineering were entrusted to carry out the following recommission works in February 2024:
    • Remove, re-shim and refit engine
    • Replace radiator with a modern, efficient aluminium unit
    • Fully strip, re-built and fit twin SU carburettors
    • Adjust handbrake
    • Fit new fuel sender
    • Fit 4x new Avon tyres
What we think
  • Is this a fully restored, matching numbers, show-level car? No. But then again, that’s clearly reflected in the price.
  • But make no mistake, this is not a ‘project’ car. This XK120 is a is a solid and very presentable RHD XK120 DHC that’s absolutely perfect for someone who wants to get out and drive!
  • The Black paint and retrimmed Red leather interior work beautifully together, as does the black hood.
  • As always, we encourage anyone interested in the car to come and see us in Bicester!

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