This 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster is an unrestored and complete example with 43,899 miles that spent its entire life with the same family in the California Bay Area. The selling dealer acquired the car from the original owner’s son, and it has been stored in a heated garage since 1978.
Reported to be original down to its factory paint, panels, trim, straight-six, and transmission, this XK currently starts and runs with one cylinder showing low compression as detailed below. This XK120 is sold with its California black plates, a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, a letter covering the history of this car written by the son of the original owner, and a clean California title.
This car was purchased in 1954 by M. Hutchins from the recently established British Motor Cars dealership located in Oakland, California. As per the two-page letter written by the original owner’s son, his father purchased this car for his wife but ended up driving it himself most of the time. After the original owner passed in 1972, the car was driven sparingly until it was eventually moved to Danville, California and stored in a garage. The original owner’s son had planned to restore the car in the early 1980s but that never came to fruition.
The seller states that this XK is original and complete with all of its factory paint, body panels, glass, trim, wheels, and other components. Also included are the original tool kit, spare tire, soft top, side windows, interior cover, and the original key. The detailed photo gallery displays the current condition and all included parts. Black California license plates have been retained.
The factory knock-off wire wheels are wrapped in whitewall tires that will need to be replaced if the next owner desires to drive the car. The trunk and soft top are highlighted in the photo gallery.
As with the rest of the car, the interior is said to remain original down to the factory upholstery, door panels, and carpeting.
Factory trim appears to be present, including the original gear shift, four-spoke steering wheel, dash-mounted rear view mirror, and instrumentation. The odometer shows 43,889 total miles and are corroborated by the original owner’s son.
Under the hood this Jaguar is said to retain its original twin cam straight-six, which is coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. Mechanicals have been left stock and the car is believed to still retain its original batteries as shown in the photo gallery.
Two weeks ago, the gas tank was cleaned and the motor was given a new fuel pump and spark plugs. The car reportedly fired right up and currently runs. A compression check was performed, showing low readings in one cylinder. All compression numbers are displayed in the photo gallery.
The factory data plate is shown above with the seller stating that the car retains the original engine, transmission, body, and chassis. The factory body stamping is shown in the photo gallery.
Several undercarriage pictures have been provided and can be seen below.
The included Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate was issued in November 2015 as shown above. The original California title will also be provided with the sale. The original owner’s son has written a two-page letter covering the history of the car from new that is attached in the gallery.