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Bespoke Race Machine
1954 Jaguar XK120 restored by Jaguar Classic

Vintage Jaguars always hold a special place in classic car collectors’ heart. One of these Jaguar enthusiasts is British model David Gandy, who just received his perfectly restored and updated XK120 with 2700 hours of work done by Jaguar Classic. 

Having driven a Jaguar XK120 at the Mille Miglia in 2013 and 2014, Gandy was keen to add this special car to his collection and potentially race with it. The Jaguar team found a suitable 1954 base car in California in the United States, and shipped it to the Classic Works facility in Warwickshire in the UK for restoration.

The 3.4-litre in-line six-cylinder XK engine is now boosted with additional 45 hp and paired with fast shifting four-speed manual gearbox. There is also a brand new and upgraded exhaust system with dual pipes. Gandy was highly involved with the design and finishing touches, and he has chosen a solid black paint for the exterior with additional racing-inspired flip-top fuel cap and twin aero screens taken from XK120 Lightweight. The interior is finished with Aged Saddle tan leather interior, while the distinctive lattice leather seat design features seatbacks finished in aluminium instead of the usual leather or fabric. Extra legroom was specially created for the model through opting for a smaller, 15-inch steering wheel, plus relocating one of the batteries from behind the driver’s seat to behind the passenger seat.