READER AD: 1952 Jaguar XK120 FHC

What Makes It Special? 1952 Jaguar XK 120 FHC, the car that needs no introduction. This particular car was owned by the same individual for many years and was parked in 1974. It’s a matching numbers car and I have the Heritage Certificate. I simply do not have time to get to this one. I bought this Cat in 2012. It needs a full restoration but the body is in very good condition. It’s a big plus and a good way to start a restoration.

Body Condition: The body and chassis are in great condition for a 67 years old car, but there’s surface rust and a few small dents. See photos and video here on YouTube. If you look at the door you can see no doors handles (I do have them), you open the door from the inside, so don’t close the window! The rear fender seams were filled in with Bondo and the taillights were seamed to the body. When the work was originally done, the owner at the time wanted to make the car look more streamlined like a Bugatti.

Mechanical Condition: The motor is matching but doesn’t turn over. According to the last owner it was driving before parked (maybe), but it will need to be gone true anyway.

Seller’s Listing: Here on eBay

The Xk120 is a truly exquisite car with some fantastic styling and impressive performance for its time. Cyrille’s car obviously is in need of a full restoration, but it does appear to be a great starting point. Undoing the customization of the backend will take some work, but it does give the car a much smoother look. So, would you leave it as is or return it back to its original condition?

  • Location: Saint Simons Island, Georgia
  • Title Status: Clean

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  1. John cole

    What is this person asking for the car?

  2. Chevy Guy

    Sorry I am not very knowledgeable on British cars but what engine would it have?

  3. ken tilly Member

    @Chevy Guy.
    According to Wikipedia the engine fitted would have been as below.
    3,441 cc (3.4 L; 210.0 cu in)
    DOHC Straight-6
    83 mm × 106 mm (3.27 in × 4.17 in)
    Double SU H6 160 bhp (119 kW; 162 PS) @ 5000 rpm

  4. bobhess bobhess Member

    That’s as good looking a car ever made. Haven’t seen add on white sidewalls since the ’70s.

  5. ken tilly Member

    Auction is currently over $22,000 with the reserve not met as yet.

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    • Bentley

      Bid over $22000 is courtesy of the well known Mr. Hill. S.Hill to be exact.

      While I think the XK120 Coupe is the best looking car this side of a Bugatti Atalante, thus car is so far gone that the cost to restore is greater than the value when done.

  6. Kurt

    Keep 100% stock please, no SBCs

  7. Bill Wilkman

    Time to undo all the misguided alterations. This car’s value is in its original state, as it left the factory.

  8. TimM

    Dohc for 1952 is impressive to me!! Cars today with dohc move along pretty good!! Not something that you see with a hardtop in this style!! Most cars from that era had removable tops or were convertibles

    • Brakeservo

      Duesenberg had a DOHC straight 8 in 1929.

      • TimM

        That’s really cool I didn’t know that!!! Were they the first dohc????

      • Brakeservo

        Peugeot had a sophisticated DOHC engine about 1913

  9. TimM

    That’s an incredible history of the dohc!! A friend of mine got a job with IBM right out of high school!! He was making good money and bought himself a dohc Toyota 4 cylinder! I don’t remember what model it was but when he let me drive it damn did it go!!! I loved that little car he traded it in for a 85 or 86 Supra and after driving the Supra I told him to go get the other car back!! Ever since then I’ve wanted a dohc!! Thanks for the info!!

  10. patrick harvey greffin

    Even if you got the XK120 Jaguar free you’d be looking at a $100,000 restoration. It would probably bring $80,000 to $90,000 at auction

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