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.