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Year 1953
Mileage 1115
Engine Size 3442
Doors 2

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

Available now at CCCR


1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe

British Racing Green with Suede Green Trim

Cotswold Classic Car Restorations are proud to have been instructed to act as sales agents on behalf of the owner of this stunning example of British motoring history.

This vehicle will come with a full service by CCCR and has been through our works shops and been given a clean bill of health showing in fabulous condition.


The DVLA have confirmed that at the end of March 2018 there were 24 licensed Jaguar XK's DHC built between 1953 - 1954 and 5 with a SORN in known existence. 


First unveiled at the Earls Court Motor show in 1948, the XK sports car inspired a generation and arguably created a post-war Jaguar more successful than any series of sports car since.

The XK’s compromised, uncluttered and utterly desirable lines, makes it one of the finest classic cars on the road to-day. Credited with a top speed of 120 mph this example was the 13th right hand drive drop head coupé manufactured at Browns Lane out of a total production of 294.

First owned by Lt. Col S E Sanders of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the car last graced the English byways in 1969 (some 40 years ago) when it was purchased by a Norfolk farmer for restoration. It changed hands again to a British Airways pilot in 1984 and was untouched when bought by Chris Jacques, a Sussex collector, in 1999. As a “barn find”, the rusting bits arrived in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2004 and were delivered to Jaguar Classic Restorations in Ottery with all original matching numbers.

This model was the first to be fitted with the famous XK 6-cyclinder   engine which endured for 40 years before being replaced in 1988. Producing 180bhp at 5300 rpm the XK120dhc weighs 3080lbs and races to 60mph in 10.9secs. The power is transmitted through the renowned 4-speed Moss gearbox with its period feel and characteristic whine in first gear, which has no synchromesh and second requires a double declutch!

The body of this car was the subject of a 9 month re-fabrication, most capably executed by Fine-Blast of Philippi, whilst the chassis, mechanicals and final restorative assembly were undertaken by the team at JCR under the fastidious, perfectionist eyes of Nick Joubert.

Connolly Leather in suede green was imported from the UK Hide Company and fine quality, dark green, mohair hood material, lined in wool arrived from Suffolk & Turley UK, the interior specialists: both compliment the British Racing Green paintwork.

The chassis and mechanicals are all “nut & bolt” restored, original components and the only departure from the factory specifications is the electric cooling fan for African conditions.

The restoration was completed in August 2008 and more recently detailed and re-commissioned by SG Classic Cars in Killarney Gardens, Cape Town during which new Vredestein classic tyres were fitted. This beautiful classic Jaguar has covered a just over 1000 “shake-down” miles.


Body Style:                  Drop head coupe right hand drive

Number built:               294

Chassis number:         667030

Engine number:           W9826-8            

Body number:              P2099

Gearbox number:        JL 18885

Transmission:              4 x speed manual Moss

Original Dealer:           Henleys Limited, London

Colour:                         British Racing Green with Suede Green Trim


Engine: 6 cyl. Twin overhead cam with a capacity of 3442cc

160 BHP @ 5000 rpm

8:1 Compression Ratio

Aluminium Head Weight-50lbs

Double OHC & 7 Bearing Crank shaft

Twin 1¾” SU H6 Carburettors

Wheels: 5J x 16 x 60 Steel Disc Wheels

Tyres: New Vredestein Sprint Classics

Suspension: Front torsion bar, rear live axle with leaf

springs, telescopic dampeners


Steering: Burman Recirculating Ball


Brakes: Hydraulic 12” Drums f & r.


Mass: 27½ cwt (1395 kg)


Acceleration: 0 – 60 mph in 10.9 secs


Maximum speed: 120 mph (192 kph)


This British icon is beautiful to look at from any angle and the quality of its restoration brings admiring remarks from even the keenest eyed of classic aficionado. If the E type is the most iconic sports car of all time then to my mind and having spent some time with this car this is the most stylish with a almost art deco feel about its styling and real sense of old world class from its polished wood and chrome interior that no modern sports car gets close to regardless of its price tag or badge! The engine starts willing every time with its auto choke working faultlessly and that unmistakable XK exhaust note willing you through the gears. Clutch and gear box feel factory fresh as you accelerate and brakes are reassuring when applied. The car comes complete with tonneau cover/tool kit and comprehensive history file. The vehicle has only come up for sale to due the owner having to down size his property and he will have no where to keep it. Please visit Cotswold classic car restorations Website for more information and to arrange a viewing of this very rare valuable piece of motoring history. 

Please contact Cotswold Classic Car Restorations Ltd on 01793 752 195.

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