Classics, passion for the past

1954 Jaguar XK120 SE FHC

$ 75000

Body Coupe
Fuel type Petrol
Engine 3.4L
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Old English White
Interior Color Beige
Upholstery Leather
Steering Lhd
VIN S680947
Chassis # S680947
Engine # W9554-8
Non-Matching But Original Type Engine
Older Restoration Completed By Marque Specialist
Former AACA National First Prize Award Recipient
Sale Includes, Spare, Air pump, Tools, Restoration Photos, And Available Service Documents.

The Details

Body And Paint
This is the most glaring issue with this example. Since restoration, in the 1980s this car was kept in climate-controlled storage and overall well kept. However, it does show consistent flaws on every panel in the form of checking, cracking, or shrinkage throughout. The value in this offering is that of a well-restored example that is simply in need of an exterior cosmetic refresh, primarily. Overall the panels are straight and the gaps are otherwise acceptable but less than perfect.

Glass And Trim:
The brightwork has all been re-plated during the comprehensive body-off restoration. Today it shows light blemishing that further detailing would likely remedy. Otherwise, the new custodian should factor replating odds and ends as needed. The glass appears to be the correct original throughout with the exception of the windscreen panels which are the only pieces that do not have the correct maker's mark/etching. Otherwise, the car appears complete with all of the correct components present.

The wheels are the correct wire type and were likely refinished at the time of restoration and remain in good condition, needing only detailing.

Notable Flaws:
Seats And Surfaces
The interior is overall in excellent condition, reflecting that of a freshly restored example but perhaps with light use or age. The dash fascia still has a nice finish as do the door tops. The carpets, kick panels, door cards, and other trimmed components are in nice condition and appear to be correct. The headliner is excellent and the seats are the correct grain and finish needing only minor detailing to be improved upon. The door jams do show the continuance of cracked/checked paint. Overall though a very well restored interior that needs little if anything to be shown today.

Functionality And Accessories:
Limited testing of various interior systems shows that most systems are working such as the dash lighting, gauges, horn, lights, etc… but the turn signals appear to be nonoperational at this time and the wipers are not functioning properly either. A general review of systems should be completed as items may need further attention. One item that stands out is the high/low beam switch on the floor which appears to be missing its finishing cover and rubber button.

Engine Bay:
The engine bay is reflective of a well-restored example with attention to detail and correctness. There are a handful of incorrect clamps throughout the cooling hoses but other clamps appear to be correct. Some items are polished that maybe should not be but overall the engine bay would take very little to be Concours correct. There is no excessive leaking noted and overall it is very tidy and complete. Further detailing would provide improvement.

Trunk Area:
The trunk area is excellent. Highly correct throughout with all accessories present and in nice restored condition with nothing noteworthy.

Notable Flaws:
The underside reflects that of a car that received a body-off restoration down to details like leather gators on the rear leaf springs. Minor surface oxidation on some components and chipping in the paint in some areas are all that stand out. Minor refinishing on the underside would bring the underside back into Concours status.

After sitting for many years the engine started easily after a recent carburetor rebuild and general inspection. Running strong with no smoke, knocks, or other such issues found from minimal testing. It shows strong oil pressure and holds a steady temperature, makes good power, and is ready for further use and sorting as needed to bring it back into consistent service.

The 4-speed Moss Box shifts as well as originally designed with definitive gear selection and operating correctly as the clutch was likely replaced during the initial restoration and works well today.

Brakes And Suspension
The brake hydraulics are all new having recently been rebuilt and are in correct working order needing only minor adjustments as needed as use continues. It should be noted that the brake drums have been polished rather than the correct black finish from the factory. The suspension should likely see new rubber components as needed and will benefit from further use and sorting.

This example currently has Lester 6.00-16 Cross Ply White Wall tires (5). They are undoubtedly too old for consistent road use and replacement is recommended. Though they retain the correct look and style and could be used for shows if desired.

Driving experience:

This XK120, for a vehicle sitting for many years, post-restoration, runs and drives well for having a simple recommissioning completed. The initial restoration quality comes through in that experience. The car starts, runs, drives, and stops as it should making great power and with further use will only get better.