1951 jaguar
xk120 fhc

£89,995

Pocket Rocket are to pleased to offer for sale a hand selected 1951 Jaguar XK120 FHC – LT Homage.

Delivered new to New York in 1951 where it remained until being repatriated in 2014

Fully rebuilt in 2015 by Tester Engineering in the style of the 1951 “LT” cars

New aluminium lightweight body hand-made by Gregson, painted by Normandale and interior by Tester Upholstery

4.2-litre engine with triple Weber Carburettors and four-speed gearbox

Campaigned in the 2015 Jaguar Heritage Challenge Series

Also piloted by Calum Lockie at the Donnington Historic Festival and Silverstone International Festival gaining 1st in class

In storage for 5 years but recently been subject to re-commissioning works and set-up time on the rolling road

Presented in outstanding condition, fully detailed throughout and ready for use

In 1951, William Lyons, having entered three of Jaguar’s new C-Type at that years Le Mans, became concerned that the cars may not be ready in time. As an insurance policy, he asked the ‘Works’ to prepare three special XK120s that would comply with the Le Mans regs and last for the 24 hours. These cars were the first XK120s since the initial run of 210 cars in 1949 and 1950 to have lightweight aluminium coachwork and featured lightweight alloy bodies and a subtly altered shape, outer sills and cut-down doors, one-piece rear, cut-in bonnet, and Brooklands-type aero screens. Known as LT1, LT2, and LT3, the cars were all set to go, however, their day of glory was denied as the C-Types were completed in time. All dressed up with nowhere to go, the three ‘LT’ cars sat around Browns Lane feeling sorry for themselves for a while until Charles Hornburg, the famous US West Coast Jaguar importer, spotted them during a visit. He promptly purchased the cars and exported them stateside, where Phil Hill masterfully drove one to 3rd overall and a class win in its very first race in August 1951.

Supplied and delivered new to Jaguar distributors Hoffman of New York in October 1951, where it remained until repatriated in 2014, this outstanding XK120 Coupe was about to be transformed as an homage to the early factory lightweight cars and in particular one of the LT cars and continue its life with racing aspirations. Totally rebuilt over the following months by renowned Jaguar engineer Jim Tester of Tester Engineering to a standard rarely achieved, with an all new alloy body by Robert Gregson sitting on a fully refurbished and strengthened chassis externally finished to a superb level by Normandale. Mechanically, Tester rebuilt and fitted a 4.2 engine running triple Weber carburettors using steel conrods and billet pistons, new valves and seats, balanced Jaguar crankshaft, bespoke aluminium radiator with full stainless sports manifold and exhaust, fitted disc brakes all round with adjustable suspension, adjustable pedal box with balance bar, rebuilt rear axle with a Limited Slip Differential and Watts linkage. Internally, the same level of detail continued with a full cage, leather sports seats, harnesses and fire extinguisher system complimenting the other race accoutrements.

The chassis has been modified to include extra bracing and mounting points for the Watts linkage.  Internal and external ignition cut-offs and a plumbed fire extinguisher add to the specification. The new alloy fuel tank is foam filled and connected to a polished  Aston style filler cap.

Upon completion, the XK competed in two rounds of the 2015 Jaguar Heritage Challenge (Donnington Historic Festival and Silverstone International Festival) with a class win at Silverstone driven by Calum Lockie (multiple GT, Group ‘C’ and Endurance Champion). Remaining in storage until 2020, the car has now been fully recommissioned and is ready for use once again.

This really is an extraordinarily beautiful car. The lines of the bespoke LT-style alloy bodywork add a sense of purpose and looks exactly as you would hope, a full-house Fifties racing Jaguar. This is countered by its presentation in a glorious shade of Midnight Blue with matching carpets and Navy Blue leather seats. Fit and finish are to Concours standards and the attention to detail is remarkable. It’s correctly UK-registered with V5 documentation.

An outstanding and beautifully finished XK Coupé that is crying out to be taken by the scruff of the neck and enjoyed once again.

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