1950 Jaguar XK 120

Alloy Roadster
Engine No. W10958
Sale Price
Lot Number
Unrestored Original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. 670053, Engine No. W10958. Light blue with black vinyl top over Suede Green. 3442-cc, 160-hp L-6, 4-speed manual. Later production car steel bonnet, steel wheels, hubcaps, skirts, top and side curtains, Lucas tri-bar headlights, tool roll, JDHT production trace certificate documented.

Evaluation: Unrestored original | A barn find after almost four decades in storage, now “loosely assembled” from the hulk and numerous boxes of parts. Represented as the matching-numbers engine block, gearbox and body (F1076), unnumbered cylinder head. Dull old repaint, rusty chrome, stiff upholstery, tattered top. The description notes that the engine has been bored out and is free. There is an impressive 1 hour, 15-minute video by Richard Michael Owen showing the car as found and then partially assembled. Apparently complete and impressively sound, but it has only limited potential for mechanical resuscitation as a preservation class car before heading to a shop for a comprehensive restoration—a potentially rewarding, but potentially quite expensive, project.

Bottom Line: The new owner is deep into this car, at the top of RM’s presale $100K–$150K estimate range, with little headroom left for the mechanical recommissioning this XK 120 needs, let alone the comprehensive restoration that lies in its future. This result is seriously optimistic.

by Hagerty Editor
20 August 2020


  • Eileen Regan says:

    I have a 1952 Jaguar XK120 convertible white with red leather interior, engine number matches. Stored in garage was running when parked a few years ago. Wondering how much I could sell it for?

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