Project Coupe: 1954 Jaguar XK120 Coupe

The Jaguar XK120 is one of the sexiest and coolest cars ever created and the fixed head coupes are one of the best coupe designs ever created. The design itself was copied from the Bugatti Type 57 Atalante so how could you go wrong? Jaguar built around 7,000 roadsters, 2,600 coupes and 1,700 drophead coupes so the coupes are much less common than the roadsters. Featured here is a 1954, so last year, XK120 fixed head that looks to be pretty solid. According to the seller, a restoration was started sometime in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s and was just never finished. It says that the frame was restored as well as the engine, transmission, brakes and the clutch. They also state that it comes with many OEM parts which is great. We can see in the photos that the car has wire wheels on it which is a possible indication that the car is an SE as wire wheels were standard equipment on SE cars. Chrome wire wheels, however, were not offered on XK120’s from the factory, they were only offered on the XK140’s and XK150’s which came later. Jaguar did not make many SE’s in coupe and drophead form so if this is an SE coupe that would be nice. The SE’s, also known as an “M”, came standard with wire wheels, bigger valves, higher lift cam shafts, and dual exhaust making 20 more horsepower than the standard XK120 (180HP vs 160HP). One thing though with these coupes is that there are a lot more parts that are a real pain to put back together i.e. the windows and wood veneer trim associated with the windows on the inside as well as the rear quarter windows. This car is really apart and will definitely need everything cosmetically. Hopefully the dash veneer and trim is in good condition. There is no mention of the engine being matching numbers or if the transmission is original. It can be found here on Craigslist in New Jersey with no mention of price. With the condition of this car and not knowing if it is matching numbers or not, a fair price would be around $10,000 – $15,000.

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