Though this 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE sits in rough condition, its specially ordered color combination and rare equipment make it worthy of restoration. Along with the MG TC, the Jaguar XK120 introduced post war America to the joys of European sports cars and many famous drivers cut their teeth in just such cars. To that end, Jaguar also offered an option package for the XK120 called the “SE” or “Special Equipment” that increased engine output by 20 to a total of 180, stiffened the suspension and added a dual exhaust system. This particular XK120 boasts SE equipment and is therefore no trivial thing. Perhaps more rare than this, however, is this car’s original color combination of white with a black top over a white leather interior. This was not among Jaguar’s factory color offerings and when combined with the desirable mechanical specification makes this a very rare car indeed. That said, the Jaguar has endured years of barn storage and has considerable—though not terminal—rust in addition to the maladies that sent it to the barn in the first place. Photos show rust-through in some of the lower panels and surface rust throughout. The floorboards have been removed and the transmission is said to be little more than an empty case. We’d want to make sure the engine block is salvageable before making any plans but, should this be the case, we’d keep a close eye on this project Jag. At the right price there is enough upside potential to justify a complete restoration, and we’d love to see the finished product. Find the XK120 for sale here on eBay in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Rough and Rare – 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE
August 6, 2012 by 1 Comment