1953 Jaguar XK120 SE Drop Head Coupe. LHD / Upgraded
Legends are pleased to offer this beautifully presented and extensively upgraded XK120 SE DHC. Owned, restored and developed by the long standing Director and current Chairman of the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club. 241 YUG comes from “the right home”.
Purchased from the United States with the goal of restoring and developing the car for long range, fast, reliable and comfortable European touring.
History of XK120 DHC Registration 241 YUG
Jaguar XK120 SE Drop Head Coupe, left hand drive
Built in June 1953 and sold through Hornburg in Los Angeles USA
Vehicle purchased in unrestored state having been re-imported from the USA – copy of Certificate of Title and Jaguar Heritage Certificate on file. Age related number issued by DVLA in August 2011 – V948 on file
No history exists on the car’s life in the USA and when returned to the UK the opportunity was taken to build the car to a personal specification for use as a touring car. Originally finished in Pastel Green with Suede Green interior trim and fawn hood the choice was made to finish the exterior in Suede Green, with Suede Green interior retained but a black mohair hood fitted.
The car was purchased through the Carriage Company, Jaguar specialists located in Bedfordshire, and the majority of the restoration work carried out by them but with input from other specialist companies as detailed below. As part of the restoration process the chassis (in excellent rust-free condition) was prepared and powder coated and the bodywork was E-coated by SPL in Birmingham. A complete new rear body assembly was supplied by Leaping Cats of Coventry and rectification work and modification to include 12V battery box in the right hand wing (as per XK150) was carried out by their technician.
Summary of finished specification:
Jaguar XK 3.8L engine rebuilt by Ken Jenkins (lightened and balanced) – Twin 1¾ inch SU carburettors rebuild by David Lonsdale, 123 electronic ignition, high capacity cartridge filter…
Rebuilt Moss Gearbox fitted with Overdrive (XK140 crossmember fitted to clear)
Front and Rear Coopercraft disc brakes – servo assisted
Extended pedal box with floor mounted pedals
Louvres to bonnet – Leaping Cats (NUB 120 style)
RadTec aluminium radiator with thermostatically controlled fan
Telescopic shock absorbers to front and rear
Clayton Classic heater (very efficient)
XK140/150 steering rack
EZ Electric assisted steering (switchable) fitted by Twyford Moors
Interior trim and new mohair hood by Suffolk & Turley
The car comes with fitted luggage so all ready for touring holidays!
Purchase of car (October 2009) £35,000
Carriage Company restoration £96,103.46
Interior Trim and Mohair Hood £14,350.80 (Suffolk & Turley)
Ken Jenkins Engine Rebuild £3,308.95
Fitment of EZ power steering £4,450.00 (Twyford Moors)
Restoration & Upgrade Total £118,213.21
Other invoices on file for servicing, rectification and parts
Exchanges, cars and motorcycles welcome.