1954 JAGUAR XK120 FIXED HEAD COUPE - 254 MILES SHOWING
We believe one of only 195 RHD Fixed Head Coupe XK120's built worldwide.
Original colour was Birch Grey with blue interior trim.
A rare find that has been sitting in the late owner's garage for some years and has now come back to life.
Subject to quite a bit of recent attention to the coolant, braking and mechanical areas to make it ready for the road again.
A well known member of the South Australian Jaguar Driver's Club knows this car very well and has assisted us with some of its history as follows:-
"JAGUAR XK120 FHC (Fixed Head Coupe)
Original Numbers Chassis No 669191 / Engine No F3435-8.
The Jaguar XK120 was first displayed to the world as a roadster, known as an OTS (Open Top Sports) at the Earls Court Motor Show in
1948 & the early versions were built of Aluminium, the first person to purchase one of these cars was Clark Gable, who purchased
chassis no 670003.
The XK120 was a huge success in the USA & it was mainly this market that drove Jaguar to produce 2 variants of the roadster.
In 1951 The Fixed Head Coupe (FHC) was released & in 1952 & then came the Drop Head Coupe (DHC).
Both of these models were more luxurious than the roadster & featured such upgrades a walnut wood grain dashboard, wind up
windows & even a heater.
This example was completed on June 24th in 1954 & was dispatched to Bryson’s (Melbourne) on July 16th of that year.
The car was sold new in September (1954) to a B S Middleton & in 1956 he competed with the car at the Mt Druitt sprints.
In the late 1950’s the car was competed regularly by a Bill Burns, who was active in Sydney’s North Shore Sporting Car Club. Bill also
competed at the Huntleys Colliery hill climb in Dapto & at many events around Orange NSW.
The car appeared again in 1963 the car was driven from Canberra to Adelaide by a university student, who then sold the car to a David
Salter of Gilles Plains SA who undertook a full rebuild, including fitting wire wheels, which were taken from his sisters XK120 OTS
(661132) David noted that he also fitted a head off a Jaguar Mark 7 at that time.
The car was then sold to a Richard Manning of Salisbury Plains SA, who
disassembled the car & put it onto the office roof of his automatic transmission business in Parafield & never proceeded any further
with the car.
In 1988 Ron Ozlanski of Broadview (long term members of the Jaguar Drivers Club of SA) became aware of the car & at first sight
purchased it from Richard.
Ron then undertook a complete chassis off restoration of the car, which took many years, the end result is the car as it is today.
Following the restoration, the car achieved a Silver award (2nd best car on display) at the Jaguar Drivers Club of SA’s Concours D
Elegance, this was its only appearance after the restoration.
Sadly, Ron passed away in 2021 & the car is now offered for sale by his family."
Powered by a 3.4Lt 6 cylinder XK engine, it produced when new 112Kw and 264Nm of power and torque, delivered to the rear wheels by a now 5 speed manual gearbox. Performance all those years ago suggests 0-100kph in 9.8 secs and a top speed of 120mph (hence the vehicles name XK120) or 192kph. Because of the below mentioned changes to the engine, these figures above may have changed slightly.
The current engine is period correct and from a Mark 7 Jaguar M, fitted by David Salter with the advantage of bigger valves and it's number is A8532-7.
The original seats were replaced with specially moulded seats made for XKs to improve comfort and were trimmed in Connolly Hide.
A few variations have been made to this car and the following original parts also come with the car:-
1 Original rim and tyre as the spare
3 Original hub caps
1 Original generator
2 Original horns
1 Original steering wheel
1 Original camshaft
1 original gearbox ( 4 speed)
Previous registrations have been ARR067 (NSW) AXK000 (NSW) & current AA120T (SA)
A very glamourous and gracious early 50's Jaguar that is the epitome of style and performance from a gone by era.
Eligible for Historic registration in most jurisdictions, this equates to minimal on road costs.
Available to admire on our state of the art showroom floor in Adelaide.
We can arrange transport door to door Australia wide, or organise shipment to your address world wide.
Finance - our broker offers VERY competitive rates and prompt service.
We welcome the opportunity to consider your trade in.