Classic Jaguar XK once 'world's fastest' could race to $88,570 in UK

Here's a look at the UK classic car markets, and auctioneer Historics at Brooklands' upcoming sale in Kent, UK, this Saturday, October 22.

Among the sales classic autos is this Jaguar XK120 sports car. It was manufactured between 1948 and 1954 as Jaguar's first post-war sports car. The XK120 succeeded the SS100, which ceased production in 1940.

It was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a test bed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. After the car caused a sensation, William Lyons was persuaded to put it into production. 

The car's "120" name refers to its 120mph top speed. This, in fact, made the XK120 the world's fastest standard production car at the time of its launch.

The Jaguar XK120 sports car, built between 1948 and 1954

It was made available in two convertible versions, first as a roaster and then a drophead coupé from 1953, and then as a closed, or 'fixedhead' coupé from 1951.

Car enthusiasts will surely be drawn by the iconic shape of this Jaguar XK120 - especially as Jaguar XKs are today ultra-rare and a 'car of dreams' for collectors.

Lusted after in its heyday, while its siblings enjoyed success on national and international racing circuits, this XK120 remains "extremely robust, wonderfully reliable, and infinitely eye-catching" according to its lot notes.

This example, Chassis #660610, has green bodywork complemented by a green leather interior. It is a UK supplied car with matching numbers and its original UK registration identity.  

This XK120 remains 'extremely robust, wonderfully reliable'

As you can see from the pictures, this stylish four-speed manual transmission car boasts matching steel wheels and full spats for a lean and sporting appearance. It is one of the very early steel bodied 120s with a Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Trust certificate to prove it.

As we've regularly reported in the past, the Jaguar markets have proved consistently buoyant in recent years with many classic Jaguars appearing with entry-level-friendly price tags.

This example is expected to sell for £49,000-£56,000 ($88,570), placing it among the higher-end examples - and it will be sure to lusted after again at Historics at Brooklands' sale, this weekend.

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