1953 Jaguar XK120 ‘Hansgen Special’

Pendine are privileged to be offering for sale the car that kicked off Walt Hansgen’s racing career –  his 1953 Jaguar XK120 ‘Hansgen Special’

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After proving his racing prowess in cars loaned from and shared with friends, it was time for Walt to take his racing up a gear. In 1951 he managed to pull together enough money to purchase a Jaguar XK120. However, during the 1951 season, he found that the stock Jaguar was no match to the factory built sports racers he was up against. Walt was convinced the key to his success was in a Jaguar C-Type, but simply couldn’t not afford one. So he decided to design, build and race his own Jaguar to take on everyone, from the wealthy privateer to factory supported race cars. So followed a yearlong project to build what became known as the Hansgen Jaguar.

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Pendine specialise in the sale of historic cars for road and track. Whilst focusing specifically on the immediate post-war period through to the 1970s, their experience ranges from Edwardian racers through to the supercars of the 1990s. James Mitchell: Having worked as Business Manager at the world’s leading historic car specialist for over a decade, James’s specialist knowledge is of post-war British sports and racing cars. He has a reputation for being one of the foremost authorities on early Jaguar E-Type’s. James is also the Senior Editor of Speed Age Books, a publishing company dedicated to the publication of bespoke, limited edition volumes on important cars and collections. Historical research is an increasingly important factor within the classic car market, making his specialist knowledge a great asset. James founded Pendine in 2014. Jonny Shears: Raised in and around classic cars, it was only natural for Jonny to pursue a career in the motor industry. Initially starting as an automotive photographer, Jonny helped build one of the country’s leading auction houses. As such, Jonny has been involved in the sale of a great breadth of significant cars, specialising in both the Porsche and Alfa Romeo marques. As an avid enthusiast and historic racer you will often find him at race meetings, either spanner in hand or piloting his Austin Healey Sprite.