By 1951, when Jaguar launched the art-deco teardrop traces of the XK120 Mounted Head Coupe, they already had impacted the motoring world with the XK120 roadster that proved to be the quickest manufacturing automotive on the planet. The 120 within the identify referred to its prime pace of 120 mph.
Clark Gable famously took supply of the primary automotive off the
Coventry, England, manufacturing line.
The FHC truly posted a pace of 131.83 for a full hour on
the pace ring of L’autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, a race circuit in northern
France, in 1951. The take a look at driver, Leslie Johnson, climbed from the automotive after
the take a look at and prompt the automotive was so good, “It might have gone for one more
week.” This gave beginning to the phrase in automotive circles, “Flat out for a
The Choose of the Day is an early manufacturing 1951 Jaguar XK120
FHC marketed by a supplier in Philadelphia on ClassicCars.com. It’s
thought-about probably the most superbly designed cars in historical past – intercourse on
Powered by Jaguar’s exceptional 3.5-liter DOHC inline 6-cylinder with an aluminum head and twin SU carburetors making 160 horsepower, the automotive was quick – just like the marque’s namesake. The roadster had already develop into a monitor weapon of alternative for a lot of racers. However the FHC for all its pace lineage, was snug and opulent inside.
“The instance on provide
is simply that, an early manufacturing FHC,” in accordance with the vendor. “Chassis #
679117 is the 117th FHC produced. In line with the JDHT Certificates on file,
this instance was produced on October 11th, 1951. Destined for its authentic
promoting supplier, George Motor Co of Honolulu, Hawaii by way of Jaguar distributor
Hornburg of Los Angeles, Ca.
“Whereas actual early historical past will not be identified, we do know that the (proprietor) acquired the automotive within the late 1980’s. By 1992, it was despatched to famous restorer Steve Helms of Basic Motorcars in Studying, Pa. The restoration entailed a complete strip to an absolute naked shell. Steel work was accomplished as wanted and element restoration was carried out as detailed within the accompanying restoration photographs and receipts. The restoration was placed on maintain through the years however was lastly full in 2004/2005.”
The vendor mentions that solely 30 miles learn on the odometer since
the restoration’s completion: “(It was)
by no means proven and barely pushed past warmth cycles and sorting miles.” The early
manufacturing quantity additionally implies that the handles, knobs, pulls and windshield trim
are all chrome vs. Bakelite plastic discovered on later fashions.
The client of this beautiful black-on-cream automotive additionally will obtain
restoration data/photographs, instruments, jack, spare, air pump, JDHT Certificates and the
authentic knowledge tag. At $95,000, it’s not precisely a steal, however definitely a worthy
specimen that ought to maintain its worth for a few years to return.
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