In the late 1940s, Jaguar launched the XK120, their first sports car nearly a decade after production of the SS 100 ended. At the time of its launch, it was the world’s fastest production car, as it was capable of hitting 120 mph (193 km/h) – hence the name.
Nowadays, the very best of the XK120s sell for over £100,000 ($128,441/€116,667), but this one, which is advertised by TheMarket for an online auction that takes place between November 20 and 27, is in dire need of some TLC.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then you’re about to read a novel, as the huge image gallery posted at the bottom of the page shows every bit of the car. There’s rust and lots of dents, and most parts of the body do not line up correctly.
The interior needs to be completely re-done too, and anyone brave enough to take on such a huge project would have to pay extra attention to the stripping part, as they will want to salvage as many parts as possible.
Since this old timer is already a work in project, the chassis has been restored, but every other mechanical part will have to be taken care of before the Jag will be reintroduced to the road.
As for the how it ended up looking like this part of the story, the vendor says that it’s been kept on a farm in Wales for the past 50 years, so yes, it literally is a barn find.
The car was made in 1954, had only two owners since new and is one of 151 RHD fixed-head coupe examples destined for the UK market, out of which only 57 are believed to have survived to this day. Should you be the brave soul who decides to salvage it, then get ready to pay an estimated £25,000 to £35,000 ($32,110-$44,954 / €29,167-€40,834) for it. As a bonus, you’ll also get a few crates filled with parts – which, undoubtedly, you’ll surely need to finish the project.