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1953 Jaguar XK 120 for sale 101507508
1953 Jaguar XK 120

1953 Jaguar XK 120

Car for sale by Hyman LTD in Saint Louis, Missouri 63146

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Classic Car Overview

Each of the three variants of Jaguars XK120 sports car had a unique purpose and character. The Open Two Seater commonly known as the roadster was the stripped-down lithe and aggressive sports car aimed at the club racer. Alternately the fixed-head coupe had a more grown-up appeal thanks to the roomier cabin extensive burl-wood trim and glass roll-up windows making it the choice for Continental touring in comfort regardless of the season. The final version to arrive was the Drophead Coupe introduced in 1953. The XK120 DHC had all the open-air joy of the roadster but with luxurious trimmings like roll-up side windows and a larger insulated soft top. The drophead offered performance virtually indistinguishable from its sportier sibling yet with a more mature character. Today the drophead is the connoisseurs choice being the rarest of the steel XK120 variants and also the most versatile configuration for touring and classic rally enthusiasts.This lovely XK120 Drophead Coupe is a US market model manufactured in May of 1953 and is one of approximately 1700 built in the brief single-year production run. Compared to more than 7600 roadsters and 2700 coupes the DHC is by far the rarest of the three. This fine example is the subject of a complete restoration and is beautifully presented in cream over tan leather trim and fitted with a tan Stayfast top. While in the collection of the most recent owner it was extensively fettled and updated for reliable touring without sacrificing the period-correct aesthetic. The classic cream-colored paintwork is well finished and beautifully detailed all around. Delicate chrome bumpers are restored to a high standard with excellent plating and the car rides on beautiful chrome knock-off wire wheels fitted with radial tires for predictable handling in dry or wet conditions.Inside tan Connolly leather is taut and beautifully fitted using factory-correct patterns and materials showing minimal indications of use. The floors feature matching Wilton carpets which are in similarly excellent condition. Door cards and dash trim are true to factory standards and the wood dash is exquisitely restored housing refurbished factory instruments and correct switchgear. The tan canvas top operates smoothly appearing tight and well-fitted. It is properly insulated and lined with a broadcloth headlining which vastly improves sound insulation compared to the roadster while the glass side windows make this a proper three-season car.Mechanically this XK120 has been thoughtfully updated with several practical improvements. The 3.4-liter engine wears the original numbers-matching block and cylinder head per the Heritage Certificate and it is beautifully detailed with correct porcelain exhaust manifolds SU carburetors and the signature polished alloy cam covers. Cooling is vastly improved with an aluminum radiator and electric cooling fan while a high-torque starter improves provides ample grunt from hot or cold. Theres also an uprated ignition coil spin-on oil filter conversion and high-flow stainless-steel exhaust. Period-correct accessories include a tool roll tire pump restored jack and factory grease gun.The Drophead Coupe is arguably the best all-rounder of the XK120 range with the added appeal of rarity and collectability. This fine example is beautifully restored and presented in excellent condition with valuable updates that ensure it will be a pleasure to drive in your favorite rallies events or just for relaxed B-road touring. Offers welcome and trades considered For additional details please view this listing directly on our website https://hymanltd.com/vehicles/6971-1953-jaguar-xk120-drophead-coupe/

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