January 15th through 19th, 2014!
Join these great Featured Consignments at the most unique auction experience ever created: Auction In The Round!
These Showcase Feature Consignments are just a sampling of the many great cars that will join over 750 others to be sold in Scottsdale this January! Check back weekly as these Feature Consignments will rotate and be updated with additional great cars. Prior to the Flagship Russo and Steele Auction, full listings of all the consignments will be posted and also available on our Digital Auction Catalog.
Jaguar introduced the XK 120 Open Two Seater Super Sports roadster at the 1948 London Motor Show at Earls Court as a way to showcase the new dual overhead camshaft six-cylinder high performance engine it had developed for the upcoming Mark V sedan. The XK120 was never intended to go into production, so it was given a hand-made light aluminum alloy body designed by company founder William Lyons. Jaguar's only miscalculation was underestimated the XK120's reception: it was the sensation of the Show and Jaguar quickly seized the opportunity to put it into production with hand built alloy-bodied cars built until dies could be made to stamp out steel production bodies.
Only 242 alloy-bodied XK120s were built. Just 184 of them were constructed with left-hand drive for export to the U.S. This example is one of the last built, constructed in March 1950. It is equipped with steel wheels and the rear wheel skirts (properly and charmingly called "spats" on a Jaguar) that were standard and correct on the alloy 120s. Finished in Silver, it has the correct style two-tone interior with Red and Beige leather and is fitted with "tri-bar" headlights and a wood rim aftermarket steering wheel.
Recent restoration work also includes complete new paint with bright work fully restored by Christensen Plating of Los Angeles. The engine has been recently rebuilt with hardened valve seats to run without damage on today's unleaded fuels. It also has a new gas tank, rebuilt carburetors, new fuel pump and a complete brake system overhaul which included rebuilding the master cylinder, new hoses and wheel cylinders. Please view the detailed receipt copies provided with the vehicle.
It comes with a Jaguar-Daimler historic certificate authenticating its origin.
The alloy-bodied XK120 OTS Super Sports is the most rare and avidly sought of all Jaguar roadsters and this one is ready to be used and enjoyed in the many events, shows and tours for which it will be a enthusiastically welcomed participant.