1953 Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupe

For any classic car aficionado, there are sure to be some vehicles which are simply too good to be ignored and it’s a safe bet that the 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupe is one of them. Well, if you’d like to be the proud owner of such a steed then now is your chance because one is going under the hammer with Bring A Trailer as we speak, with current bidding at $40k with four days remaining in the auction.

The 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupe on Bring A Trailer is a particularly eye-catching offering given its pastel green over suede green colour way so if you want to turn heads with your choice of vehicle, this is a prime candidate for the job. With just 69k miles on the clock, this vintage Jaguar is still in remarkably good condition and with the current bid under $50k, someone could well be getting a bargain when the hammer eventually goes down on this one.

Vintage Vibes

This stunning 1953 Jaguar XK120 is a late-production Drop Head Coupe which boasts the striking Pastel Green over a Suede Green interior that will turn heads aplenty. It is a left-hand-drive US-market car, which was imported by Max Hoffman Motorcars and reportedly purchased new by William Prescott, a New York physician. Dr. Prescott and his family added approximately 53k miles over the course of seven years before parking the car at their summer home in the Thousand Islands, where it reportedly remained stored for more than 40 years. A vintage car collector bought the car from Dr. Prescott’s estate in 2001 and commissioned a refurbishment at George Medynski’s M&G Vintage Auto Restorations in Tuxedo, New York.

The 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupe on Bring A Trailer has undergone an extensive restoration and some of the work carried out includes a bare-metal repaint, reupholstered top and interior, as well as rebuilds of the 3.4-liter inline-six, four-speed manual gearbox, suspension, and brakes. Around 16k miles have been added since the work was completed in 2003, and the current seller acquired the car in 2011. This XK120 is now offered for auction with a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, records from the restoration, factory manuals, and a clean New Jersey title.

This glorious looking machine from Jaguar was debuted in 1953 and boasts a lined convertible top, roll-up windows, and taller doors than OTS roadster XK120 models. The interior was retrimmed in dark green leather and light green carpeting during the refurbishment and the 3.4-liter inline-six was rebuilt by MG T’s in West Milford, New Jersey during the refurbishment and has a replacement cylinder head that was reconditioned by Terry’s Jaguar Parts in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Quantum Mechanics of Oxford, Connecticut reportedly rebuilt the four-speed manual gearbox in more recent years.

Authentic Sale

There are plenty of little extras included in this sale from Bring A Trailer which add to the authenticity of the purchase still further which includes a factory tool roll and jack as well as owner’s handbooks such as warranty and workshop manuals. The condition of the 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupe is miraculous considering that it is well over half a century old and for those wanting a visually impactful addition to their classic car line up, this more than fits the bill.

The 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupe on Bring A Trailer has definitely captured our imagination here at Coolector HQ and it is currently still available for under $50k which is certainly a fair amount for such an iconic steed as this. If you want a stand out luxury car in your line up and don’t want to break the bank, this could well be the lot for you.

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.