Freed from captivity: you could buy this unrestored 1952 Jaguar XK120 project

Fixed Head Coupe left for decades in storage, and now in need of restoration work

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindSpring is here, so what better time to start thinking about a classic sports car to spend the summer cruising around in.

It means this 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe, currently for sale on auction site Bring a Trailer, could be just what you need.

Be prepared to get down and dirty though, as this classic has spend several decades in storage and is being described as a ‘project’ by the seller.

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindJust how long the Jag has spent off the road is not specified, but the fact it is still wearing licence plates issued in 1959 might be some clue. The car was placed in storage by Mr. Binner of Waco, Texas, who bought the car in October 1958.

Originally the car was delivered to a buyer in Los Angeles, California, having left Jaguar’s factory on July 3rd 1952. At that time, the XK120 was wearing Pastel Blue paint, with a grey interior.

At some point the car was resprayed red, with the interior swapped to match as well. Even the steel wheels ended up with coordinating red trim on them as well.

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindPowered by a 3.4-liter inline-six engine, the XK120 produced 160 horsepower as standard. An optional ‘Special Equipment’ package could boost this to 180 horsepower, although there is no mention of this car having it.

Having lived untouched in storage for so long, unsurprisingly the engine does not run. However, the seller does at least state it turns by hand, and has just 51,000 miles indicated on the odometer.

A four-speed manual gearbox featured as standard on the XK120 FHC, and allowed it to hit a top speed of over 125mph. Various speed records were set by XK120s during the 1950s, including averaging over 100mph for seven days and seven nights.

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindThe seller has been in touch with the Jaguar Heritage Trust, which has established the original production records for this XK120.

Along with confirming the original paint and interior options, the certificate issued also shows that the engine and gearbox are the same ones that left the factory attached to this chassis.

Also present is the original issue title from when the car was first sold new in 1958, helping further prove the backstory to this Jag.

Bring a Trailer 1952 Jaguar XK120 Barn FindAlthough clearly in need of substantial work, unrestored XK120s like this have recorded sale prices of up to $50,000 (£38,000) in recent years.

Those in concours condition are said to fetch up to $140,000 (£106,000), indicating at the potential on offer.

If this particular Jag takes your fancy, you’ll need to be quick to get a bid in. The Bring a Trailer auction ends on Tuesday March 26th, with numerous bids already received.

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