Selling a 1948 Jaguar XK120 Roadster


1948 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
1948 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

The world’s fastest standard production car at the time of its manufacturing, the Jaguar XK120 was capable of giving owners a top speed in excess of 120mph; thus the “120” in its name. Manufactured from 1948 to 1954, the Jaguar XK120 was the first sports car launched by Jaguar since the SS 1000 stopped production in 1940. Debuted at the 1948 London Motor Show, the 1948 Jaguar XK120 Roadster was released with much success and anticipation during its era and today is one of the most iconic Jaguar classics. The two-seat open top version of the XK120 was called the Roadster, or Open Two-Seater (OTS) in America. A closed model, a Fixed Head Coupe (FHC), would be available from 1951, while a Drop Head Coupe (DHC) would arrive in 1953. If you’re considering selling a 1948 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, you have perhaps one of the most desirable body styles, as collectors are always looking for Roadster models. The raw and primitive racing style of the XK120 Roadster seems to appeal to a wide range of buyers.


1948 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Seller’s Guide

If you own a 1948 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, you probably already know that many of these early cars, particularly the first 242, were hand-built and were comprised of wood-framed bodies with aluminum panels. Jaguar facilities could not keep up with the time and resources it took to manufacture XK120’s using this type of construction and, in 1950, Jaguar would switch to mass-produced pressed-steel bodies. Aluminum doors, hood and trunk lid were retained however. If you’re looking to sell an original 1948 Jaguar XK120, being able to offer buyers information on this style of construction or any maintenance and repair records will only increase the value of your particular model. Furthermore, any provenance or documentation of ownership history adds a humanistic value to the cars that cannot be duplicated. Whether your XK120 Roadster is in pristine original condition, is in the midst of restoration or has recently been pulled from a barn, the California classic car dealership professionals at would like to speak with you. They are always in the market to buy classics of all makes, models and conditions and are happy to discuss pricing, Seller’s Tips and other variables with you.



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