Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago
Photo: David Santiago

1952 Jaguar XK120

Amelia Island Concours 2019

Apr 9, 2019 | On Show

In its day, the Jaguar XK120, so named for its ability to reach a top speed of 120 mph, was the fastest production car in the world. Jaguar unveiled the roadster at the 1948 London Motor Show principally to showcase their new XK engine. Demand for the new model was so high that the car was put into full production. It was a prescient move for Jaguar, as it sold 12,055 examples from 1948 to 1954.

Clark Gable, one of the most famous actors of his generation, was able to use his influence to acquire the first production example in 1949. But this XK120 was one that he bought in 1952. To differentiate the car, Gable sent it to customizer George Barris, who made minor modifications, including removing the rear chrome, smoothing out the fenders, adding a removable hardtop, and finishing the car in Barris gold paint. Today it is owned by Joseph Limongelli of Cold Spring Harbor, New York.

LATEST

The Collier AutoMedia Car Dispatch

Inspiring stories and market insight on exceptional automobiles - delivered to your inbox weekly.

The Collier AutoMedia Car Dispatch

Inspiring stories and market insight on exceptional automobiles - delivered to your inbox weekly.

More from Auto Biographies

Email:


Sign Up for the Inside Track

Receive our latest car biographies, market insights and coverage of exceptional automobiles delivered to your inbox weekly.

Subscribe

Additional Interests

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest