Unearthed: 1954 Jaguar XK120

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Even in the 21st century, Jaguar continues to build some of the most beautiful cars on the market. And nothing has changed from their historic past, as this 1954 XK120 proves all too well.

Jaguar is synonymous with gorgeous cars. Even before the legendary XKE debuted at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, models such as the XK120 graced the world with its striking presence and sheer beauty. Launched in 1948, it was the world's fastest car. "120" referred to its top speed: 120 mph. The first cars were hand-built with all-aluminum bodies, but due to increased demand, Jaguar was forced to replace them with steel-pressed bodies. The doors, hood, and trunk lid, however, remained aluminum.

It was powered by a 3.4-liter straight-6 engine that ranged in power from 160hp to 210hp, depending on the trim level. This extremely well maintained 1954 XK120 has 87,000 original miles and four documented owners. And now it's for sale once again. Mechanically, the owners have kept the car up to date, with the current owner having had the engine completely rebuilt in 2003. Since then just 2,500 miles have been added. There's also a new clutch, brakes, tires and chrome wheels. The interior has also been meticulously cared for and has original parts such as the original steering wheel.

However, the owner has upgraded things like the new carbon fiber gauge cover and a newer Jaguar racing steering wheel. The car has also been recently appraised by a Jaguar specialist who verified that there's zero rust and mechanical issues. Interested? $94,000 is the price for admission. Photos courtesy of Mike.

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