Time to look like a million dollars without having to spend anywhere near as much. Take a good look at this 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster replica.
It has the full classic style, but now you get an American motor, easy to source drivetrain components, and quite an affordable price.
It’s not easy making a quality fiberglass replica of the XK120. After all, the roadster is often the sought-after version today because it was the best looking of the bunch. Jaguar created one of the most graceful styles ever with a design that had the curve of the front fender lead the car. This same fender created a line that swooped down the side, through the door, and melts into the equally sexy rear fender. And not only does this quality replica get the body right, but also you’ll love the details. The waterfall grille, amber driving lights, rear luggage rack, and full rear fender skirts – it’s all part of a highly authentic and timelessly attractive package. We even like the creamy Primrose color. It’s a sophisticated hue that looks correct for a classic British machine, and it even has the right hint of aging just so people will think this 1952 replica has been on the road for nearly 70 years.
Inside, the bucket seats offer more individual room than the original XK120. These seats have the Jaguar logo in the backs, and the style will go with your favorite tweed driving cap. And the wood and chrome steering wheel instantly gives you that great sports car feeling. Plus, this stays faithful to the original roadster’s style with the gauges all placed in the center. In fact, the VDO readouts have that ideal look of vintage while really being crisp modern dials.
The engine bay shows where this British-style car really has more domestic roots. Ford 2.3-liter motor has been a longstanding workhorse for the company. And while a car like this is very easy to upgrade motors, it’s nice to have this hardy powerhouse under the hood. You’ll also see this has newer pieces like the alternator and Optima battery. Plus, this was built to be a driver with features like the Mustang II-style independent front suspension, rack & pinion steering, power brakes, and newer cruising tires. And the control of the four-speed manual transmission means true sporting car fun.
The story we’re told on this one is that it came out of an estate sale where it was stored in a hangar for decades. It was only completed about four years ago, and that may be the first time it hit the road. So what you have is a very cool replica with an even cooler barn find story.
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