One Of The Coolest Ever Jaguars Is Being Restored To Its Former Glory

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And you can watch the resto work as it happens.

Jaguar isn't a brand that's instantly known for its association with Pininfarina, but the two companies have collaborated on one-off projects over the years. The Sultan of Brunei had an XJ220 restyled by Pininfarina, and Jaguar had the Italian design studio design a couple of bespoke concept cars. However, the working relationship goes back far further than that, as this stunning (if a bit shabby) XK120 coupe demonstrates.

Not a huge amount is known about this particular vehicle, but it does have a few noteworthy accolades to boot. On top of being the only XK120 to feature custom-built coachwork by Pininfarina, this particular Jaguar was proudly displayed at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, though, nothing noteworthy was associated with the vehicle, leading to a state where the vehicle's live restoration at the upcoming Classic And Sports Car Show in the UK from October 28 will be its first public appearance since the 1970s. It's a shame such a stunning car's been neglected all this time, but we're equally pleased to see the Jag being given the attention it deserves.

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As you can probably tell from the images, the team won't be restoring the Jaguar from the ground up during the C&SC Show (which is completely understandable, considering the event only lasts three days). Instead, it appears the final touches will be made to properly restore the Pininfarina-styled XK120 to the state it was in at the '55 Geneva Show. Judging by the state the car was in when these pictures were taken, it's highly likely that the only major bits that'll need doing will be the re-installing of the bumpers and the smaller trim pieces. Still, it'll be great to see such a marvelous Jag back in the condition it should have always been in, and hopefully the XK120 won't be tucked away afterwards again for another 40 years.

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