Selling a 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster


1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Widely considered Jaguar’s saving grace after World War II, the Jaguar XK120 would quickly become one of the biggest U.S.-dollar earners in the United Kingdom post war. However, if William Lyons, owner of Jaguar, had not pushed an alternative method for bringing the new XK six-cylinder engine to market after delays in development of the MK VII saloon car, the XK120 may have never been launched to the public. It is virtually unfathomable to believe that the graceful curvature and iconic design of the 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster was conceived and constructed in mere months. First launched at the 1948 London Motor Show, Jaguar only intended to produce approximately 200 of the XK120 models. The resulting demand, acclaim from auto enthusiasts and the press, and success in the racing world would make Jaguar a household name. If you’re the proud owner of a 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster – or any classic Jaguar – and are thinking about selling, the team at would like to speak with you.


1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Seller’s Guide

Characterized by its open-top, two-seater body style and primitive sports car experience, the 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster (and other early Roadsters) is perhaps one of the most sought-after in the European classic car market. This is particularly true if you own one of the first 242 models to come off the production floor, which were constructed using a wood-framed body panel design. Buyers appreciate this authenticity, as well as the 1949 XK120’s original 3.4L six-cylinder that offered more than 160hp and a top speed of 120mph. The Alex Manos team always recommends that buyers search for the best model they can afford based on their budget. So, as a seller, it would behoove you to advertise the best components of your 1949 XK120 Roadster. Furthermore, buyers are looking for models that have limited rust damage, as finding replacement body panels can be quite difficult and expensive. Always allow your potential buyers to perform a thorough inspection via a third-party if necessary, and be prepared for the inspector to want to put the car on a lift to check the chassis and underbelly for rust. You should also be prepared with any documentation, ownership history and maintenance or repair records that are available. These will be beneficial in painting a complete picture of your classic.



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From 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster models of all conditions to barn-find Porsches, unfinished restoration projects to mint-condition Austin Healeys, the team at is always looking to purchase classics that will fit into their unique collection. If you’re thinking about selling, give them the opportunity to earn your business. Call them today. They offer top-dollar in cash and can pick up from any location in the United States; even Alaska. They look forward to hearing from you soon and to helping you sell your classic for its highest value. Connect now.


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