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The Jaguar XK120 is so instantly recognisable, so there’s no need for a formal introduction. Time has been kind to this XK120. Some 70 years on, chassis #660545 still looks great, and in my opinion, stands head and shoulders above all other XK120 in the market, in terms of drivability.

In the August of 1969, she was acquired by Mr Brock – her second custodian ­ who retained ownership for almost five decades. During this time, the registration was changed to a very appropriate number plate, VDR120

 

During Mr Brock’s tenure, VDR120 was enjoyed both on the road and for mild competition at venues like Winscombe Park, along with other AMOC competitive events. In 2010, in Mr Brock’s 60th year, VDR120 was treated to a sympathetic restoration. Items refreshed included having the car stripped, chassis hot galvanized. At this time, Mr Brock made modifications for enhanced drivability and performance, including these upgrade highlights.

 

A unique roadster with lovely history – 

Which features many desirable upgrades

  • uprated rear springs
  • stiffer anti roll bars
  • Salisbury rear axle
  • Disc brakes all round
  • Guy Broad cylinder head with straight ports (original head inc. in the sale)
  • 9.1 compression ratio
  • Sports profile cams
  • 2” SU carbs
  • Original block opened up to 3.8 litres
  • New-pistons, obviously

Fast forward to 2019, VDR120 found her way into the hands of her 4th careful custodian. Attention turned immediately to driver practicality, along with aesthetic detailing. Given that the new custodian was 6’2” tall further updated were inter taken including:

  • Pedal box was extended for driving practicality and comfort.
  • five speed T5 gearbox
  • re-cored radiator.
  • Suspension and steering geometry set up

Once these aspects were completed to satisfaction, VDR120 then received a cosmetic refresh and repainted to this lovely ‘Speed Grey’, along with silver powder-coated wheels shod with a set of 16” Blackley’s. 

 

The interior remains the original as enjoyed  by Mr Salvador and Mr Brock and is still very useable for many years to come. There here is a full tonneau cover, hood and side screens present, with the latter needing refurbishment. 

VDR120 is probably one of the finest GT spec. XK120 Roasters on the market. The strong brakes and excellent handling make her a joy to drive and the larger capacity engine and 5 speed gearbox means she’s easy to drive at motorway speeds (70mph @ 2200rpm) as she is in the mountains.    

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