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For Sale: 1953 Jaguar XK
in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description
 
Before you start reading this story, I would like to ask you to carefully look at some of the pictures of the Jaguar and please specifically focus onto the lines of the car. If you keep in mind, that this car was designed approximately 65 years ago, then it is clear that this is more then a piece of art. We will come back on the design, later in this short story. The Jaguar XK120 was designed to be a prestigious vehicle and produced in low numbers. The designation '120' represented the vehicles top speed of 120 miles-per-hour. At the time, it was the fastest production car in the world. The British automotive industry was greatly influenced by World War II. Many manufacturers went out of business due to the lack of funds, fuel and supply shortages, or their factories had been destroyed during the war. In order to stay in business, a solid production line was required that could compete with its class of vehicles. William Lyons, owner of Jaguar, did so by creating a new class - one that was faster, more reliable, stylish, and cheaper than any other vehicle on the market. To gain industry recognition, Lyons knew that he needed a show car that was revolutionary and bold. Lyons handled the styling while his chief engineer, William Heynes, was tasked with designing the mechanical components. When the vehicle was displayed at Earls Court, the reaction was overwhelming. Originally, Lyons planned to make between 100 and 200 examples. After the public reaction to the car and to keep up with demand, he decided to change the body from hand-formed aluminum to all-steel construction. The body of the car was reminiscent to the 'French Curves' produced by manufacturers such as Bugatti and Delahaye of the early 1930's and 1940's. If you carefully look at the linings of the roof to the lower body, then it is actually unbelievable that these cars are still so cheap. Don?t understand us wrong, it is a lot of money but it really is art. The linings are almost the same as from a Bugatti which are priced over ? 650.000,- This specific example has just finished from a ground up restoration. Due to financial reasons, the former owner had to sell this car. According to him, all the parts have been taken apart and have been rebuilt. The result is fantastic. The car benefits of the superb color combination of Ecurie Ecosse Blue with dark red inside. Looking at the car, we think that the restoration has cost more then the current asking price. The doorfittings are very nice even as the chrome parts and the glasses of the windows. The interior is excellent. The former owner installed bucket seats which makes it more easy for taller persons to fit in this car. Overall this XK 120 is an amazing car. The model cannot be nicer and is really a piece of art. Take some time to carefully look at the pictures and we think that you will agree that the lines of this car are extremely nice. For more information, an appointment or if you would like to receive more detailed pictures, please call Rutger Houtkamp +31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl. We are always willing to serve you during the evening and in the weekend via above mentioned telephone number. The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 200270
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
82,500 EUR
Vehicle Location


Country
Netherlands
 
City, State
Amsterdam
Zip
1190aa
Vehicle Basics

Odometer Reading
0

Year
1953

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Blue

Transmission Details

Transmission Type
Manual

 
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