1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe
Story and History
This XK120 Fixed Head Coupe comes to us from an automobile collection focused on being the BEST. The details are what separate the best from all other restored cars available. This XK was pulled out of a warehouse in the San Francisco area in the mid-1990’s where it had sat for more than 34 years; it was 100% original. Mike and Sue Tillson of West Chester, Pennsylvania, had just won their class at the Amelia Island Concours and were now looking to win at Pebble Beach. They purchased this car to win because the Jaguar was still wearing her original paint and interior. Every nut, bolt, washer, hose clamp, etc. was also completely original to the car. Following a 2-year restoration and a few hundred thousand dollars, they discovered the class they wished to enter was no longer operating, and their dream of competing at Pebble Beach with this exquisite car would not happen. The Tillsons did show her at a JCNA event and scored 99.95 out of 100 points. Then the car vanished.
The Jag made a brief appearance a Gooding’s and Company at Pebble Beach in 2010 where it set a world record price for the time of $187,000! The cars used Jaguar’s 3.4-liter in-line 6-cylinder engine and its top speed was its model number: 120 mph, a figure that made it the world’s fastest production car at its introduction in 1948. We have been lucky enough to purchase this treasure again, having traveled only a few hundred miles since being in a private collection, and still wearing her California black plate. This is the finest XK120 on the planet and will always be consistent class winner at any Concours! This car is amazing!
- Concours Condition