1952 Jaguar XK120 SE OTS (1952)




1952 Jaguar XK120 SE OTS
• Sought-after 'Special Equipment' model
• Quality example of a most desirable and sporting roadster
• Straight body work with exceptional panel fit
• Excellent paintwork and proper chrome trim throughout
• Correct tan leather interior with canvas soft top

3.4-litre inline six-cylinder DOHC engine, 160 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse wishbones, elongated torsion bars and anti-roll bars, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”

The XK120 had a six-year run from 1949 to 1954 and, as the first new post-war model from Jaguar, it was also a huge leap forward from the pre-war SS100. A rousing reception at the 1948 London Motor Show, which was intended to highlight the six-cylinder engine, persuaded William Lyons to immediately put the XK120 into production. The public loved both the sleek new envelope body styling and the robust XK DOHC inline six-cylinder engine. Sales were strong in Europe and the U.S. In fact, the XK120 name referred to the vehicle’s 120 MPH top speed and, by 1952, could be purchased as an Open Two-Seater (OTS) like this lovely car, or a Fixed Head Coupé (FHC). Factory test driver Ron Sutton clocked a 132 MPH top speed with the windscreen removed, and the XK120 began chalking up a long list of racing victories, beginning with the International Trophy Race for Production Cars at Silverstone.
Jaguar proved that an ultra-fast open car didn't have to be uncomfortable or require unusual skills behind the wheel, and it opened the door to nearly every other sports car to follow. It provided Jaguar with the image boost it needed in the post-war period, and a huge infusion of cash due to the car’s popularity in the U.S. and beyond. The influence of the XK120 remains profound, and is a regular occupant of many “best of” lists throughout the years, including being named Octane Magazine’s “Best Car of the 1940s” for the first-year roadsters.
In true roadster style, this lovely red 1952 XK120 has a correct tan leather interior and a black canvas roadster top, both in very good condition. The carpets, door panels, and upholstery show only minimal wear and highlight the excellent care this car has received. It’s a true classic roadster interior, with side curtains, no exterior door handles, and a lovely dash with the Smiths gauges in fine order. The door and panel fit are excellent, highlighted by those long swoopy fenders, and the entire car has a fine paint finish and top-quality chrome trim. Drop the top and, with those full rear wheel spats, it’s visually one of the sleekest vehicles available anywhere in 1952; with it, Jaguar literally forced every other sports car manufacturer back to their respective drawing boards or get left behind.
Pop the bonnet and examine this XK120 OTS closely, and you’ll see a car that was professionally restored and has been carefully used and maintained since. This particular example left the factory with the 'Special Equipment' feature as evidenced by the 'S' prefix on the engine number and solidifies its performance pedigree. The engine bay is clean and well-serviced, without any leaks or flaws, and the underside is proper as well. The car runs wonderfully, idles smoothly, and handles like few others. There’s really nothing for the new owner to do here but turn the key, drop the clutch, and enjoy the performance of one of the era’s premier sports cars.
Obviously very well-restored in every respect, and presented today in pleasing condition throughout, this wonderful Special Equipment OTS includes a tonneau cover, jack and lug wrench, car cover, tool roll, side curtains with storage pouch, and a service manual. An excellent and highly drivable example of a sporting legend, this XK120 Roadster simply begs to be driven and enjoyed as originally intended – with the top down and your foot on the floor.

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  • Year: 1952
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Other
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Colour: Red

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