An Australia barnfind: Jaguar XK120 roadster

An Australia barnfind: Jaguar XK120 roadster
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The romantic concept of a barnfind is that it’s an old car, completely original, that was put away in a shed many decades ago and forgotten. But that is not always the case, as this Australia barnfind shows.

But that is really the case with here. This 1951 Jaguar XK120 has been in a barn alright, but only since the 1980’s.

It’s an Australian car, one of only 192 RHD steel-bodied XK120’s that were ever sold in Australia.

This car has spent its life in Victoria, under subsequent owners. The car is mentioned in a book called ‘The Jaguar XK120 in the Southern Hemisphere’ and a lot of its history is documented.

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The car was delivered new by Victorian distributor Brylaws of Melbourne early in 1951.

What is not known, is who the first owner was, but the second owner was a Dr P.A. Crooke, who used to race it at Templestowe.

In 1975, a light restoration of the car was started. Then in 1982, the present owner bought the car and continued the restoration. The original colour Opalescent Bronze was replaced by Pewter. Some years later, the owner moved from Melbourne to Sydney and the car was taken off the road and put in storage. 

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Now, this Australia barnfind has been made ready for sale, new tyres have been fitted and there is an original workshop manual to go with it as well.

The brightwork has tarnished, but the pain is still decent and the engine runs freely.

The car has not had a wash though, the original dust that has gathered on this car since the late 1980’s is still on it.

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This Australian delivered Jaguar is part of Shannons Sydney Classic Auction, a week from now. The car is estimated at AUD 85,000 to 100,000.