1954 Jaguar

XK-120 se Roadster

Silver with Red Leather, Red carpeting, Older restoration, Freshly rebuilt engine, 3.4 liter inline 6-cylinder engine, 4-speed gearbox, Rare period racing styling and options.

This is a remarkable example of the coveted SE model in original LHD, famously discovered, restored and modified by noted collector and enthusiast, Lee Troxel. This XK-120 was built on February 5th, 1954 and delivered to distributor Charles Hornburg in Beverly Hills, CA. on February 18, 1954. It was titled to its first owner, Mr. H. Brandi of Ontario, CA. From this point, the history of the car is unclear until circa 2003.

The conception of this 120 SE began with the purchase of an incredibly rare set of dual-throat SU carbs and manifold manufactured in the 1950's and appearing only on a few race cars, such as some of the Lemans Triumphs. These dual-throat carburetors are essentially three pairs of constant velocity SU carbs, each pair sharing a common float chamber. Troxel then set out to find an XK for restoration. He discovered this XK-120 SE in abandoned form in the California desert, someplace west of Blythe. His thought was to restore the XK with a vision of period racing/performance enhancements. So, the project began. With the body off the chassis, metalwork was performed by Tom Boutis of Superior Metalcraft, who took to task re-skinning all hinged panels in aluminum as per an Alloy XK-120. The prep and paint for the body were entrusted to specialist, Lee Norine for perfect bodywork. At this time, the undercarriage and suspension parts were painstakingly painted and detailed throughout. Sacramento A-1 Plating polished or plated all bright work to a mirror finish. All hardware on the chassis received special treatment with gun bluing, heat treatment or black oxide with clear satin overlay. Additionally, countless obsolete fasteners and hardware were sourced.

Within the extensive restoration, details such as Brooklands style dual windscreens and rearview mirror, LeMans style fuel filler, leather bonnet strap, as well as a fabricated removable drivers fairing were incorporated into the build. It was completed with a stunning set of Borrani road wheels.

In 2015, the SE was under new ownership and a complete engine and gearbox refresh was performed my Canadian marque specialists, Engineered Automotive. The engine was completely rebuilt to correct SE specification and the gearbox completely overhauled with new bearings and seals throughout. In addition, modifications were made to upgrade the cooling system, the instruments restored and a custom 12-volt alternator was supplied and installed, but made to appear as if the original generator was still present. The entire car was thoroughly nut and bolted and fussy mechanical and cosmetic details were painstakingly addressed to make this XK-120 SE an extremely special Jaguar that cannot be duplicated anywhere near its offered price.

This XK-120 SE represents the very best in build quality and craftsmanship throughout and would be a welcome addition to any collector or collection with focus on vintage rallies or fast road touring. It is among the finest XK-120s available.

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Price: $215,000