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Year: 1953

Manufacturer: Jaguar

Model: XK120 LM

Country: Australia

Justin Hills

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1953 Jaguar XK120 LM

The beautiful Jaguar XK120 was a car that I brought five years ago but have been planning it for five years before that. This car was originally a California car and in the 1960s it was raced on the street and the drag strip. It was recorded in a time trial from Reno to sparks at a top speed of 162mph with a modified non-Jaguar engine. With its renegade history I decided to keep it slightly outlaw but beautiful. I always loved the beautiful lines and the flow of the XK120 but without any disrespect to the original designers I felt some minor improvements could be made to the overall appearance of these beautiful cars.

I now feel that this Jaguar XK120 is a true representation of what the original designer would have first sketched before practicality and cost had to be included into the design.

My design is now receiving a written endorsement from head of Jaguar design Ian Callum and is currently on display at the Jaguar Design Studio. With wins now under its belt at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in California, then Salon Privé in the UK and also in Belgium at Zoute Grand Prix with awards at all these events around the world and also a nomination for bespoke car of the year in the UK. The car now resides in its new home in Melbourne.

The engine is a 5.1-litre, 460bhp Jaguar V12 with 12 throttle bodies all run by my design fuel injection system (with help from a friend).

Suspension is modified and updated XK150 with late model Jaguar front and rear brakes. Rear suspension is parallel four-bar with air assist.


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