1954 Jaguar XK120

Automobiles Historiques

Automobiles Historiques is offering this amazing Jaguar XK120 for sale.

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Jaguar’s XK120 was the world’s fastest production sportscar when launched at the 1948 London Motor Show, thus redefined the genre. Power came from the new 3.4-litre straight-six XK DOHC engine designed by chief engineer William Heynes, the suffix reflecting its 120mph top speed.

XK120s earned international success in racing – most notably Leslie Johnson’s fifth place on the 1950 Mille Miglia and Stirling Moss’ ’51 Tourist Trophy victory – and rallies, spearheaded by dealer Ian Appleyard and his wife Pat, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons’ daughter. On the British domestic front, former RAF officer Elmer Richard ‘Dick’ Protheroe was at the forefront of the XK action, racing his car registered CUT 6 and nicknamed ‘The Ancient Egyptian’ from 1953-’60, the end of FIA Period E.

Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, Jaguar dealer Protheroe continuously evolved it far beyond early OTS spec, using performance parts homologated for the ultimate XK150S, including 3.8-litre engine breathing through triple Weber 45 DCO3 carburetors and disc brakes all round. This potent machine – originally a LHD roadster – featuring aluminium bonnet, boot, doors and hardtop to reduce weight, mirrors the Protheroe car’s spec and has a current period E HTP. A unique and potent car giving an intriguing flavour of Jaguar history and the indomitable character behind the subsequent CUT 7 E-types. Eligible for the GT & Sports Car Cup, Stirling Moss Trophy, Equipe and Sixties Endurance.

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Flavien and Vanessa Marçais are both steeped in motorsport. Brought up around fine motor cars in families rooted in racing on either side of the English Channel, the duo bring huge experience and passion to the challenging and often difficult roles of organising and running events. Client confidentiality, utmost discretion, specialist expertise, personal attention and ultimately trust are the proud professional hallmarks of Automobiles Historiques Limited. For 20 years principals Flavien and Vanessa Marçais have sourced, researched, bought and sold a plethora of the world’s finest cars. The Anglo-French husband-and-wife team behind the growing business were both brought up in respected motoring families. Passion for motoring is in their blood. Embroiled in collecting, restoring and racing cars since childhood, Flavien and Vanessa can also draw upon a network of discreet contacts globally. Successfully marketing extraordinary classic and competition cars demands an extremely high level of specialist knowledge. A specialist writer and historian, Flavien’s encyclopaedic memory for detail is underpinned by an exceptional automotive library and world-class photographic archive, uniquely in-house. This notably includes the collection of Flavien’s Late grandfather Serge Pozzoli, Christian Moity’s library and Ferret Fotographics, the motorsport image library built up over decades by Ted Walker, which comprises over 7-million original images and was added to the collection in 2017. Wife Vanessa is British, daughter of leading Jaguar restorer and specialist Aubrey Finburgh. She, too, has raced Historic sportscars. Having carved out her career in the historic motoring world from a young age, working with some of the best in the industry, Vanessa founded Automobiles Historiques Limited – parent company of the “GT & Sports Car Cup” race series – with husband Flavien some 20 years ago. The majority of cars Automobiles Historiques deal with are not advertised, but matched by Private Treaty to individual requirements. If you are minded to acquire a very special car, or find a new custodian for one you have cherished, Automobiles Historiques Limited’s track record is exemplary. Please do not hesitate to contact them!