Restored 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Debuts at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 23, 2017

As such it's a candidate for the rarest-ever Jaguar.

This unique Pininfarina-bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, following a full restoration that took 6,725 hours. Unfortunately, he never got round to it and eventually chose to sell.

One of the rarest classic Jaguar cars of all time, the SE by Pininfarina is a one-off gifted with Italian bodywork and the profile of an a four-wheeled angel.

"There is little trace of the car's history, but we are certain that Hoffman was the supplying dealer, then first owner of the auto and that there was only one XK120 by Pininfarina produced, which makes this one of the rarest Jaguars in existence", said David Barzilay, CMC's operating board chair. It is believed that he inspired Pininfarina to reinterpret the XK, before the coach built vehicle was unveiled at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show.

Barzilay said there was now little trace of the car's history.

"Some of the original parts were impossible to find so we had to make items such as the bumpers and chrome trim by hand from photographs".

"We had to scan the front and rear end of the auto and make mock ups of the lights, which were then scanned and 3D printed". Smaller missing parts were also 3D printed in-house. "The rear window was missing so we also had to scan the window aperture and have a new rear screen made from the scan data", added Barzilay.

During the pre-restoration inspection it was found that Pininfarina had used the original XK body as a basis, and that, at some point in its life, the auto was painted Burgundy and had the seats covered with tan leather. The team of specialists faced a number of challenges during the restoration, from finding the original paint colour to remaking the bumpers and rear window screen. "When we removed the windscreen, we found a small patch of original paint and used that to match the colour". The interior was completely re-trimmed, and the engine and gearbox were rebuilt to original late-model XK120 3.4-litre SE specification with C-Type racing cylinder head and dual SU H6 carburettors, rated for 134kW at 5300rpm. "The shape and pattern of the door cards was created by looking at similar Pininfarina designed cars from the period".

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