The XK120 proved particularly successful in competition, and in 1949 a virtually standard car achieved a speed of 126.594 miles per hour, proving the model designation “120” was no overstatement. Star American racing driver and eventual world driving champion Phil Hill successfully campaigned an alloy XK120 Roadster in 1950, concluding the season at the inaugural Pebble Beach Cup race of 5 November, 1950. Despite the loss of the car’s clutch and brakes, Hill still managed a first-place finish in a performance that truly defined his driving skill and the XK120’s competition prowess.
The Jaguar XK120 LT2 was a lightweight version of the road-going XK120 constructed purely for racing with a one-piece magnesium body. Indeed Jaguar built three versions of the LT series known as LT1, LT2 and LT3. The styling of the LT cars differed to that of the road-going bodies, and a close inspection reveals a fully de-seamed body and a small lightweight removable bonnet, which does not incorporate the grille unlike the road cars. The LT cars were prepared as a replacement for the C-Type, which looked like it wouldn’t be ready for the 1951 Le Mans. As it turned out, however, the C-Type was ready and went on to victory.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
300 bhp, 3,791 cc inline six-cylinder engine, five-speed Getrag gearbox, Jaguar Salisbury limited-slip differential, independent front suspension with custom fully adjustable shock absorbers, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,591 mm.