Jaguar XK-120 SE DHC (1954)




This numbers-matching 1954 Jaguar XK-120 DHC is a 2-owner from new example and has benefited from a documented history of low ownership. The Drop Head Coupe was built on July 21, 1954, dispatched on August 12, 1954, and originally distributed by famed Jaguar dealer Hornburg of Los Angeles, CA. The Jaguar is very complete and will make an excellent restoration candidate for the collector that is looking for a wonderful core example with a solid history of low ownership history and originality.

The XK-120 was first purchased in 1955 by a Texas resident who some months later sold the DHC to a local USAF fighter pilot who was stationed at Parron Air Force Base in northeast Texas. The Pilot was a true car enthusiast, and enjoyed the Jaguar for many years, where he took great care of the car, upgrading it with performance and comfort features to enhance his driving experience.

The Pilot was so enamored with the Jaguar marque that he later purchased a roomier Mark II Sedan that the rest of his family could also enjoy. As the Mark II became the “Jaguar of choice” for his family, the XK-120 Drop Head Coupe was carefully kept in garage storage, where the Pilot often thought of restoring it himself. He later purchased several more Jaguars that he drove, as well as campaigned in events, and was very active in his local Jaguar community, where he joined the Nation’s Capital Jaguar Owner’s Club and served as a judge for several years in their annual Concours d’Elegance events. As the family went on to purchase and enjoy other Jaguars in the early 1970s, the DHC hibernated in the garage. Before his passing in 2021, the Pilot often spoke to family and friends about the need to “get his hands greasy again” and restore his XK-120; the Pilot’s family members would also like to see his dream realized, and in 2022 made the decision to let another collector that is just as passionate about the cars and the hobby as he was take over his pride and joy, letting the 120 live on to provide as much joy and excitement it did for the Pilot and his family.

The XK-120 is now available to collector’s worldwide, with the only caveat being it be restored to its former glory. Classic Showcase has a number of restoration services and options available, please inquire if you'd like to learn more about this excellent, highly original XK-120 example!

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  • Mileage: 76,973
  • Year: 1954
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Coupe
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Cream


  • Engine layout: Front Engined
  • Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
  • Engine size (Litres): 3.4
  • Engine configuration: 6 cylinder
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Driven wheels: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Previous owners: 2

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