1953 Jaguar XK120's Engine Still Runs

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1953 Jaguar XK120's Engine Still Runs
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Parked in 1970, this British sports car is said to have been completely restored. It has been removed, painted a job and some parts have been prepared for a refresh. However, life gets in the way and the owner never gets the job done. In 2022, he decided it was time to let him go after 52 years in captivity.

Cars that have been out of service for too long are often in poor condition, rusted, and in need of extensive and expensive repairs. However, this Jag has a much better shape. Because even when it was dismantled, the hull was repaired and repainted some time ago. Sure, it needs a good cleaning to remove all the dirt, but underneath that is a solid car.

And don't let the stripped-down bodywork fool you, this Jag comes with all the original components, including a matching inline-six engine.

Saved by everyone at YouTube's "CARCHAEOLOGY" earlier in 2022, the XK120 has almost returned to its "legs". While the first video below shows the vehicle being towed from its resting place, the second shows the crew's remarkable progress in just a few weeks.

Not only did they put most of the parts on and on to the car, they also reassembled the mill under the hood. And amazingly, it started with just one small job. And it works surprisingly well for a 50+ year old device that hasn't had a single sip of air.

Yes, it's not ready to hit the road yet, but the boys clearly intend to do everything to ensure that this sports car drives safely on public roads.

One of the finest Jaguars ever made, the XK120 was introduced in 1948 and remained in production until 1954. All cars are equipped with a 3.4-liter inline-six petrol engine, with a capacity of 160 horsepower. However, some cars were equipped with modified units up to 220 hp, which are usually prepared for races. In 1949, the XK120 became the fastest produced car in the world with a top speed of 200.5 km/h.

Jaguar built 12,045 XK120s, including a roadster, a fixed-head coupe and a convertible coupe. The car you see here is of the fixed head type and it is much rarer than a roadster. When the XK40 took the place of the nameplate, only 2,672 cars was left the assembly line.