Rotisserie Restauration. One owner since Restauration. Matching Numbers .
EUR 133,628JPY 17,079,025BGN 261,350CZK 3,454,156DKK 993,766GBP 115,599HUF 47,905,724PLN 599,055RON 651,545SEK 1,340,692CHF 145,000ISK 20,792,554NOK 1,364,278HRK 1,012,635RUB 11,974,280TRY 1,128,758AUD 206,389BRL 877,042CAD 204,545CNY 1,046,550HKD 1,257,722IDR 2,284,349,373ILS 530,504INR 11,761,223KRW 179,007,054MXN 3,301,874MYR 655,420NZD 222,384PHP 7,863,487SGD 214,594THB 4,862,197ZAR 2,370,445
Offered for: CHF 145,000
Open to everything
When you think of Great Britain, driving open is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. The weather is mostly rather humid and it is not for nothing that a fireplace is part of the basic equipment of every country house, even better one has several. One could now deduce that the construction of British automobiles is kept in accordance with these circumstances and that the cars from the Kingdom are as waterproof as an expensive Swiss watch. Nevertheless, the English have made a name for themselves in the construction of iconic roadsters and convertibles, and even though these cars have the cliché of not being completely watertight, it is the open cars that first come to mind when we think of British cars. And what else comes to our mind are thick carpets, lushly fitted burl wood and soft, preferably beige leather. And with that, here we are in front of this 1954 Jaguar XK 120 Drop Head Coupe, which couldn't be more British. Partly because it's set off into the light in this gorgeous green. Beautiful.
Green is the new black?
Depending on how you look at it, all cars today should be as green as possible. However, less from the actual color of the paint, but more from the environmental aspect. We are, however, just in the year 1954, where the environmental thought, if at all, was still a rather tender plant. In the specific case of this XK 120 with its fixed fabric roof, green is the color it wears on its sheet metal. And this one not only looks good on him, but plain and yet perfect. You can't do much wrong when you apply such a color to such a well-shaped Brit during a restoration. Not even if you disregard the factory delivery and enrich the original Pastel Green with slightly darker nuances, thus living up to tradition and giving the legendary Brit a worthy appearance.
The fact that the car leaves nothing to be desired visually is one thing. But since it is also a driving and less a standing vehicle, it should of course also drive well. And be fun to drive. And here, too, the Jag doesn't give a damn, the driving pleasure is beyond anything one would define as such in a modern car. The sound from the dual-flow exhaust system is simply to die for. The direct, power-less steering allows the XK to maneuver around corners with surprising ease, and the throttle response from this large-volume, carbureted inline-six can only be described as instantaneous. There is, however, a catch. And that is the space in the feudal interior. Anyone over six feet tall will have trouble feeling comfortable in the compact roadster for long stretches. The steering wheel protrudes far into the cabin and could even be adjusted further towards the driver's chest, which would be more of a bug than a useful feature. On the other hand, three-point seat belts are unusual for cars of this era. So the handsome Brit already offers a certain form of residual safety.
Feudal and unabashedly luxurious, that's how the interior of this drop head coupe can be summarized. During the complete restoration, extensive attention was paid to the interior and its materials and this can not only be seen, but also felt and smelled. It smells good in this car, a mix of living room and some gasoline. The woods gleam with the chrome and the extensive use of leather radiates warmth. So, if you do get into some cold weather with it, you'll be treated to the warmth of natural materials even with the roof closed. Above all, however, with a material impression that can only be imagined in modern cars. It goes without saying that the small storage compartment at the bottom of the dashboard is lined with green felt. Not that you could play billiards in it, but at least the haptic basis for it would be there.
Records are there to be broken. And the XK 120 has broken a few records by doing just that. Like some of the speed records on which the name is based, i.e. 120 mph, 193 km/h. Doesn't sound like much for a 2021 Skoda Octavia. Or a 1988 Golf GTI. But for a car from the early 50s, that's a lot of wood on the speedometer. And anyway, 160 official horsepower was quite a statement back then, especially for the price they were calling for the XK. And if you were willing to spend a little more, you got 180 hp in the XK, in the SE or "Special Equipped" version. And that brings us back to this XK 120, which was one of those rare SE versions, which at that time and today are still very popular.
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