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1953 Jaguar XK120 3.8 Comp.

The Jaguar XK120 was an ambitious project to say the least, with speeds of 100mph proving difficult to achieve for anything on four wheels at the time. The XK engine was designed to achieve just that, although the SS 100 struggled to reach these speeds, it was a good start and base to work from. By 1948, the new chassis designed for the new Mark V had been unveiled and it showed what was later to become the base for the XK120 chassis. During testing of the new XK120, frightening speeds of 132.6mph were clocked on the flying mile. These new speeds would set the benchmark for sportscars around the world. Aside from the XK120’s beautiful body styling, it had the heart of a racer and would demonstrate this at the first track event. The first race for the new XK120 was held at Silverstone in 1949, in which three XK120’s participated. Two of three would cross the line and with exceptional results from Leslie Johnson taking the chequered flag, setting the tone for a strong future in racing.

The XK120 on offer was manufactured in 1953 and spent most of its early life in the US and in 1974 it was purchased by Tom Veale in a rather sorry state. By the late 70’s the car had been stripped to a bare shell and frame and subsequently remained stationary until 1989. It was decided that the XK120 would head over to Leaping Cats garage in Boynton Beach, Florida where it would be race prepared for the current years regulations. The car was subject to drum brakes, a new 3.4L XK engine (the original was not subject for rebuild as it wouldn’t accept the newer oil pump) and tubular shocks on all corners. However, it wasn’t long before the front brakes were converted to XK150 discs with series II E-type calipers. From here on, the XK has compiled a healthy racing history in the US between 1989 and 2006 participating in events such as CARE, SVRA, HSR, VSCDA and MCSCC at Road America, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen, Sebring, Mid-Ohio and Blackhawk Farms and more. The car would then move to the UK under the new ownership of Andrew Moore who would continue to race the car until 2014/15 when it was purchased by the current owner who has also successfully raced the car to the present day.

Finished in grey, now sporting a 3.8L XK engine, fitted with a Pro Series Corbeau bucket seat, black Mota-Lita steering wheel and is currently set up on triple SU carburettors.

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  • Price £ 70,000

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