1952 XK120 SE Fixed Head Coupe

Introduced in October 1948 at the Earls Court Motor Show in London, the Jaguar XK 120 prototype caused an instant sensation. It was initially intended as a test bed for a new engine that Jaguar chairman and design czar Sir William Lyons had planned. Public reaction to its flowing curves and styling proportions was so positive, that the car was quickly put into production in 1949. The XK’s ‘120’ designation stood for its claimed top speed of 120mph, an assertion that proved true, making it the world’s fastest production car at the time. From 1949 to 1954, only 2,680 fixed head coupes were produced, most equipped with left-hand drive for the American market.

RM Sotheby's will be offering this example at their upcoming Arizona auction between the 18-19th January 2018. The estimated value is between $125,000 - $175,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Phil Greatorex ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.