Selling a 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster


1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

While many automotive manufacturers went out of business after World War II due to lack of funds, fuel and supply shortages, the launch of the Jaguar XK120 helped Jaguar stay in business and ultimately thrive after the war. Launched in 1948, the XK120 Roadster was actually a last-minute effort to release the newest Jaguar XK engine because the MK VII saloon car that was intended to launch the engine was not ready in time for the London Motor Show. William Lyons, owner of Jaguar, would find himself with a faster, more reliable and stylish sports car than anything on the market at the time; a car that was produced from concept to manufacture amazingly in just a few short months. In fact, the 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster (and the other model-year XK120’s) would be the fastest automobile in the world at the time of their release. The “120” in the XK120 name denotes the staggering top speed of 120mph, a speed that was said to increase when the removable windscreen was taken off. Quite simply, these early models were designed to be low production sports cars for Jaguar, but high demand from the public and unparalleled acclaim from both the press and sports car enthusiasts would keep the XK as part of the Jaguar lineup for decades.


1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Seller’s Guide

Highly sought-after in the classic car market, the 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster (and other model-year Roadsters) is of particular interest to today’s collectors. Many enjoy the raw and authentic sports car feel of the open-air two-seater and are also drawn to the Roadster for its heralded racing successes. In fact, Jaguar would send three mostly production model XK120’s to Le Mans in 1950. While they did not have great success at this particular race, what they would learn from their experiences at Le Mans would lead them to victories in the 1951, 1952 and 1953 races. Later cars would wear a plaque commemorating these wins. When it comes time to sell your cherished 1951 XK120 Roadster, there are a few Seller’s Tips to keep in mind. If you’re selling a poor/fair condition example that is ideal for restoration, buyers will want to have the car thoroughly inspected for rust and will also want a listing of any parts and components that transfer with the car. Secondly, if you’re selling a road-worthy model, buyers should be encouraged to perform a third-party inspection. Because many buyers will be inquiring from out of state, be sure to have current and detailed pictures of your auto. Remember, the more precise answers and detailed information you can give at the beginning will decrease the chances of buyers showing up and backing out of the sale.



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