BaT Auction: 30-Years Owned 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

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This 1952 Jaguar XK120 roadster was acquired by the seller in 1988 from its previous longterm owner in Nebraska and subsequently underwent a driver-level refurbishment the following year. The work included minor body repairs, a bare-metal repaint in red, a new top and upholstery, and a rebuild of the 3.4L inline-six with a later-style cylinder head as well as refreshment of the brakes and front suspension. Almost 30 years and approximately 5k miles have elapsed since its completion, during which time the car has reportedly been stored under cover indoors. This XK120 is offered with a set of side curtains and a clean South Dakota title in the seller’s name.

Previously finished in grey, the car underwent metal work followed by a body-off repaint in its current 2-stage red approximately 30 years ago. The work included repairs of dents in the doors as well as a damaged area of the hood, though rust removal was reportedly unnecessary. The seller notes fading of the clear coat along with the cracking of filler in the hood. A number of bright pieces were rechromed during the refurbishment per the seller.

BaT Auction: 30-Years Owned 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Painted steel wheels are fitted with polished hubcaps and wear radial tires that were installed in 1989 and should be replaced due to age. A set of full spats is fitted over the rear wheels, and brightwork has reportedly been re-chromed. A new tan soft top was sourced and a pair of original-style side curtains is also included in the sale, though no spare tire is available per the seller.

BaT Auction: 30-Years Owned 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

The interior was reupholstered in tan leather during the late-1980s work. A factory 4-spoke steering wheel is retained along with Smiths gauges, which were sent out for inspection and repair.

BaT Auction: 30-Years Owned 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Approximately 85k miles are shown on the 5-digit odometer, 5k of which were added during the seller’s 30-year ownership.

BaT Auction: 30-Years Owned 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Power comes from a 3.4L inline-six mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. The engine was reportedly overhauled in 1989 with a later-style cylinder head rebuilt by Gran Turismo Jaguar of Ohio, along with new pistons, rings, bearings, a balanced flywheel, and recoated exhaust manifolds. The seller notes an oil and filter change in November 2017.

BaT Auction: 30-Years Owned 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

The brakes and front suspension are also said to have been refreshed at the time of the rebuild, records for which are unavailable. Additional undercarriage photos are viewable in the gallery below.

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