57. Jaguar XK 120

57. Jaguar XK 120

The first 242 cars, all roadsters handbuilt between late 1948 and early 1950, had aluminium bodies on ash frames. In May 1949 Jaguar demonstrated an XK 120 roadster to the press on the high-speed autoroute between Jabbeke and Aeltre in Belgium. The road was closed for the occasion. The white lefthand drive car was the second XK 120 built. The Jaguar was timed through the flying mile at 126.44 mph (203.49 km/h). Le Mans : Three of the allocated cars, extensively modified, were entered to the 1950 Le Mans 24 hours race. Johnson, who spearheaded his factory-supported assault on the race with codriver Bert Hadley, never ran lower than seventh place and held seconds for two hours, but in the 21st hour had a retire from third place with clutch failure caused by using the gears to slow the car in the absence of brakes. The Jaguar had been closing the gap to leader Louis Rosier, whose Talbot’s pace was significantly slower, at  a rate that would have secured victory. Haines, with codriver Peter Clark, finished 12th and Walker’s car, driven by Peter Whitehead and John Marshall was 15th. The results convinced William Lyons it was worth investing in future success at Le Mans.

Original watercolour of Jaguar XK 120


  • Signed by the Dutch artist Giovanni Casander himself
  • Watercolour on art paper
  • Not framed
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  • Size : 30 x 21 cm = 11.81” x 8.27”
  • Price : € 495,–


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