Jaguar XK 120 SE
First Registration 1953, Jaguar XK 120 SE, Competition Roadster Lightweight Aluminium
Approx. 230hp and only 1’090kgs
Perfect full restoration in Switzerland
Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate
Swiss Road Registration with „Veteran“ entry
In 1951, company founder William Lyons was preparing Jaguar’s new C-Type for the start at Le Mans. Doubting that the all-new car would be ready in time for the race, Lyons also had three XK 120s prepared in a factory race version as “back-up insurance”. These cars were the first XK120s since the initial run of 210 cars in 1949 and 1950 to have lightweight aluminium coachwork. They boasted tweaked lines with cut-down doors, rear sheet metal produced in a single piece, and Brooklands-type aerodynamic windscreens. Known as LT1, LT2, and LT3, the cars wound up not racing at Le Mans, as the C-Types were completed just in time.
This XK 120 SE “Competition Roadster” is a fantastic recreation of these racing versions. The body was also manufactured entirely from aluminium in over 1’000 working hours . The restoration, which took six and a half years and involved over 2,600 hours of work, was carried out by a high-quality Jaguar professional in Switzerland. The car is in absolutely perfect condition and was only driven for just under 180 test kilometres after the restoration was completed.
In detail, the following features distinguish the characteristic and rarity of this XK 120 SE (Special Equipment). This “Competition Roadster” has sporty and spacious light alloy bucket seats, as well as collapsible and aerodynamic Brooklands style windscreens. The grey spoken wheels and the absence of bumpers enhance the sleek and sporty look of this sports car. The exterior and interior colours on this car are as per factory specification as recorded on the Jaguar Heritage Certificate. Care has been taken during the restoration to ensure that they are one hundred percent the correct Jaguar colour tones from the period. This XK 120 SE is powered by a high performance in-line six-cylinder engine with sand-cast SU twin carburettors and dual overhead camshafts. The roadster’s chassis was also completely refurbished, the electrics were rewired and the original instruments were extensively rebuilt. By using an aluminium body and other weight savings, the kerb weight has been reduced from the original 1’295kg to just 1’090kg. Powered by a 3.4-litre engine producing around 230hp, this XK 120 is unlike any other XK. In this sports car, you can experience the thrill that only existed in the early 1950s. The Jaguar XK 120 SE is homologated for the Mille Miglia and is listed as “Eligible for various driving events including the Mille Miglia”.
This Jaguar XK 120 SE represents a unique opportunity for the distinctive collector who is looking for an outstanding and motorsport-oriented Jaguar sports car to add to his or her collection.
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