Car Catcher: Fully Restored, Numbers-Matching Jaguar XK 120 SE

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The first car to be built after SS Cars became Jaguar, the XK 120, would go on to participate in—and win at—a number of racing and rally events all around the globe. The 120 also debuted the XK engine, which would power a number of other iconic Jaguar models.

That XK engine was a 3.4-liter inline-six that, in stock form, was capable of a reported 160 horsepower. However, Jaguar also sold a Special Equipment model of the XK 120, which were good for some 180 horsepower thanks in large part to a cylinder head borrowed from the successful C-type.

This 1954 Jaguar XK 120 is one of those SE models, a numbers-matching example that has been “comprehensively restored with a close attention to accuracy.” As part of the equipment package, the car also received a dual exhaust and an upgraded suspension.

Finished in Pastel Blue over a red interior, the XK 120 features a number of period-correct details, from the optional Lucas fog lights to the “original, restored Dunlop wire wheel” that's included as a spare.

Also included in the sale are tools, restoration documentation and a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate.

Find this 1954 Jaguar XK 120 available through RM Sotheby’s as part of its upcoming Arizona auction.

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300zxfreak Reader
1/11/21 8:03 p.m.

First car I ever worked on as a pre-teen. Since I was then a much smaller guy, I got to lie on the ground and clean the bottom end of the engine. Started me on a life of grime.

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