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Rare Jaguar XK120 SE

by staff writer JP

This one-off Pininfarina bodied Jag that took specialists over 6,500 hours to restore was on display at the 2018 London Classic Car Show

The vehicle was recently unveiled at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, California in August 2017. It then won the Restoration of the Year 2017 at the Octane Awards, recognising the best of international historic automobiles.

Unlike any other XK120, chassis number S675360 features unique bodywork by famed Italian design house Pininfarina. It was first delivered to Automotive Hall of Fame inductee Max Hoffman, who inspired the production of several historic vehicles. Hoffman got Pininfarina to work his magic and then displayed it at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show.

During the restoration, close inspection found that Pininfarina had used the original XK body as the basis. Also that a previous owner had sadly repainted it, recovered the seats and changed other aspects of the car.

"The car is no stranger to being the centre of attention"
Nigel Woodward, Managing Director at Classic Motor Cars

Classic Motor Cars (CMC) specialists faced many challenges with this Jag from 1954. Some of the original parts were impossible to find such as the bumpers, so were remade them by hand. The rear window was missing and 3D scanning technology was used to create precise data points for a fresh window.

With no signs of the original paint colour, except when the front screen was removed, this was used as a colour match by CMC’s paint specialist. A small sample of original leather was discovered when stripping the car down, so was used to recreate the original Ochre tan.

CMC likes a challenging restoration and to date has restored some of the most historic cars ever built. The restorers are the only company to have won the Restoration of the Year Award twice. Having done so in 2011 with the restoration of the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight Jaguar who many thought was beyond repair.

CMC’s stand at the London Classic Car Show will also feature be a mid-restoration 1958 Aston Martin DB MK III. A work in progress that spent 35 years of its life in storage and now being brought back to former glory.