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It is included in the Charterhouse classic car sale and has a remarkable provenance, having being known to a Devon family since 1953.

“Rarely do Jaguar XK120s come up for auction, let alone a car which has been looked after by the same family for nearly 64 years,” says specialist Matthew Whitney. “And as a family car, the current custodian has known it literally all his life as he was collected from hospital in this iconic British sports car as a newborn baby in 1961.”

The Jaguar XK120 roadster, finished in suede green, was sold new by a garage in Buckfastleigh, Devon. It was here that the owner’s father, who worked at the garage as a mechanic, first set eyes on it. He continued to work on the car even after it was purchased by its second owner in 1956 as it was continually serviced at his garage.

In 1959 the second owner decided it was time for a change and took the car back to the same garage, which is when the father managed to buy the car.

It is now estimated at £60,000-65,000 in the sale being held in conjunction with The Great Western Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.


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