Jaguar XK120 Roadster Le Mans 1951

Jaguar XK120 Roadster Le Mans 1951
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Jaguar XK120 Roadster Le Mans 1951

Jaguar XK120 Roadster Le Mans 1951
– The Jaguar XK120, introduced at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, was a sensation and revolutionised the world’s sports car market. A journalist in attendance commented "all preconceived notions as to what was a series-production sports car disapeared overnight". William Lyons, never one to miss a commercial opportunity, recognised the potential of the XK120, commissioned tooling and -at the same time- started thinking about competition. The XK120 design was fresh and pure with gracefully flowing curves, paired with a most modern chassis, providing excellent handling, which instantly captured the enthusiasm of the amateur sports car owners. It was not long before the potential was turned into serious competition plans, and indeed the XK120 did extremely well in 1950 and 1951, and was very much the basis for the C-Type which was to become even more famous.
This particular car, XK120 Roadster 1951 Chassis Number 660449 registered AEN 546, is a highly unique car as it is one of only five XK120 ever to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Delivered by the Jaguar works on February 7th 1951, privateer Bob Lawrie instantly entered the car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans (with co-driver Ivan Waller) with race number 21, in sequence with the three Jaguar C-Type works cars. Behind the victorious Jaguar Works C-Type of Walker/Whitehead, AEN546 finished in a sensational 11th position overall against very tough competition. This was the highest finishing placing for an XK120 at Le Mans, averaging over 130 Km/H for the race distance, which was only slightly slower than the Aston Martin DB2 of Nigel Mann and the Ferrari 340 America of Luigi Chinetti.
In 1974, Robert S.Kerr of Luss Scotland found AEN 546 in a sorry state in Scotland, recognised its importance and made plans to restore this XK120 Roadster 660449 to its original Le Mans specification. While chassis and some mechanical components were present, unfortunately body and interior had gone missing. Robert S. Kerr spent several years to restore the car to is original Le Mans specification, down to the last details, including the Le Mans racing screens and cowl, Le Mans fuel tank with quick-release cap, the original Marchal spot lamps, the Le Mans kph/mph speedometer, the C-Type engine specification revolution counter and the period competition seats. Noted Jaguar authority Jeremy Broad, with son Guy Broad, had been aware for many years of the existence of this very important car and had tried to purchase it from Herbert Proctor, Blairgowrie, Scotland ever since the early Eighties. It was not until mid-Nineties that the Broad family finally became the owner of AEN 546. A highly respectable 3rd overall (and 3rd on index of performance) at the 2002 Le Mans Classic and a 2nd place at the 2004 Oulton Park 50th Anniversary Gold Cup Race encouraged the Broad family to restore the car to absolute perfection from 2005-2006. The restoration included a further uprating of engine, gearbox (5-speed close-ratio), suspension, clutch, brakes, fuel cell, etc.), in order to make the car highly competitive for historic racing.
The condition of the car is superb in every respect. The car comes with FIA papers and is the perfect entrant for all major historic car events, including -of course- the Le Mans Classic whre it has already once done so well.

Chassis: N°660449
UK registration number: AEN 546 (original as raced at Le Mans in 1951)
Engine: 6-cylinder 3442cc with 230 HP
Gearbox: 5-speed close-ratio
Steering: RHD
Colour: Pastel Green Metallic, Suede Green/Tan interior
Documentation: British V5, FIA doc, full restoration documentation (by tautaudu02 on 2011-02-05 18:38:54 )

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