1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Convertible Roadster

Offered price: $139,900

1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Convertible Roadster

SE Convertible Roadster
Engine Size:
3.4 Ltr
Ext Color:
Int Color:

1500 Locust Street Des Moines, IA 50309515-245-9100

This 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster has been comprehensively restored with care and attention to detail. This sleek Jaguar roadster is the one to have, with fully concealed top and drop dead gorgeous body body lines. This beautiful roadster has many very desirable SE options including, chrome windshield frame, hidden convertible top with no lumpy boot. The beautiful red paint shines nicely, showing off its flowing curves and timeless looks. The interior is impeccable and has been restored to a high level. It is absolutely beautiful with beautiful black leather hides, stunning wood dash with  very nice gauges and detail. This incredible roadster will rumble down the road with the groundbreaking 3.4 liter inline 6 cylinder. This automotive masterpiece was designed by William Heynes, Walter Hassan and Claude Bailey by and is an exotic sports car that you'll want to drive with new wide white wall tires mounted to chrome 16 inch wire wheels with major curb appeal. 


  • Desirable S model with SE Options.
  • Concealed top.
  • Chrome windshield frame.
  • Newer red paint with a deep shine.
  • Great panel gaps and lines.
  • Iconic Jaguar grill.
  • Excellent chrome.
  • New side curtains.
  • Re-chromed 16 inch wire wheels.
  • New wide whitewall tires.


  • Like new leather interior.
  • Extensive restoration.
  • Wood rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel.
  • Restored wood dash surround.
  • Crisp and clear gauges.
  • Very nice black carpeting.


  • Nicely detailed engine compartment.
  • 3.4 Liter inline 6 cylinder engine.
  • Manual transmission.
  • Upgraded aluminum radiator.
  • Independent front suspension.
  • Detailed and painted.
  • Super solid and intact.
  • Spare wheel and jack in the trunk


The XK120 was launched in open two-seater or (US) roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a testbed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. The display car was the first prototype, chassis number 670001. It looked almost identical to the production cars except that the straight outer pillars of its windscreen would be curved on the production version. The roadster caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. Beginning in 1948, the first 242 cars wore wood-framed open 2-seater bodies with aluminum panels. Production switched to the 1cwt or 112 lb (51 kg) heavier[5] all-steel in early 1950. The "120" in the name referred to the aluminum car's 120 mph (193 km/h) top speed (faster with the windscreen removed), which made it the world's fastest production car at the time of its launch. In 1949 the first production roadster, chassis number 670003, was delivered to Clark Gable and displayed a XK120 at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The XK120 was ultimately available in two open versions, first as an open 2-seater described in the US market as the roadster (and designated OTS, for open two-seater, outside America), then also as a drophead coup (DHC) from 1953; and also as a closed, or fixed head coup (FHC) from 1951.A smaller-engined version with a 2-litre 4 cylinder engine, designated the XK100, intended for the UK market was canceled prior to production. On 30 May 1949, on the empty Ostend-Jabbeke motorway in Belgium, a prototype XK120 timed by the officials of the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium achieved an average of runs in opposing directions of 132.6 mph with the windscreen replaced by just one small aero screen and a cataloged alternative top gear ratio, and 135 mph with a passenger-side tonneau cover in place. In 1950 and 1951, at a banked oval track in France, XK120 roadsters averaged over 100 mph for 24 hours and over 130 mph for an hour, and in 1952 a fixed-head coup took numerous world records for speed and distance when it averaged 100 mph for a week. Roadsters were also successful in racing and rallying.

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