1952 Jaguar XK120 Period Competition Roadster
Constructed in 1952, LUF964 is a genuine home-market RHD XK120 roadster that was delivered new to Brighton Jaguar dealer Bill Cannell, who ran the famous Moore’s garage. Cannell had close links with Jaguar and the factory works team and along with Tommy Wisdom entered the C-Type that Stirling Moss famously drove to victory at Rheims in 1952. Cannell’s XK120 was driven to this very event, possibly as a back-up race car, and can be seen in the background of a delightful period photograph that features Jaguar Chairman William Lyons, his son John, Chief Engineer Bill Heynes, driver and journalist Tommy Wisdom and Cannell himself enjoying a picnic in front of their cars.
Further details of Cannell’s ownership are still being researched but by the summer of 1953 LUF had been acquired by amateur race driver Roy Pell who fitted an aeroscreen and ran it at his local circuit, Silverstone. Delightful period photographs obtained from Pell’s widow show him in action at the Nottinghamshire Sports Car Club meeting held on August 8th. Like many drivers of his time, Pell also took the car rallying and he is mentioned in the December 1953 edition of Motorsport as having taken part in the MCC Daily Express Rally. His performance in a driving test was noted as being fast but he then lost time discussing the next move with his co-driver.
Following Pell’s period of ownership, LUF soon passed to a Mr Jaconelli, who used the XK for touring holidays to Italy. Photographs on file from the Jaconelli family show the car to have been repainted in two-tone Red and White by the late 1950s. During the following decades the car passed through a few more hands before being acquired by Jaguar enthusiast Roger Marriage in the mid-1980s. By this time LUF had been repainted Blue but was otherwise very original, having benefitted from many years of dry storage and not being subjected to poor quality restorations in the intervening years. Indeed it was the presence of the original 1950s aeroscreen holes, still preserved on the scuttle, which alerted Marriage to the car’s interesting history. Tragically Marriage died suddenly before he had time to initiate a proper restoration and the car was then sold to JD Classics who have since undertaken a body-off professional restoration and full programme of race/rally preparation, which included uprating the engine to high torque competition specification.
With the work just completed, the car is now in immaculate condition and presents beautifully in its correct Old English White with Biscuit and Red interior. Presented at the Salon Privé in September 2017, the car was awarded with 'The most elegant car of the Show' by Judges and is now ready to resume its competition career having been built to full FIA specification. As such it offers a very rare opportunity to acquire a genuine period competition XK120 with links to the Jaguar works team and would be eligible for all major historic events including the Mille Miglia. Its Numbers Match the vehicle's factory data sheet and it comes accompanied by a good history file containing many period photographs.
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