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1951 Jaguar XK120 OTS

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An early RHD 120, January 1951 from our research, this is an disc wheel with spats car. To be finished in Black with Red & tan leather. A very original car with all the correct parts for the build date.

Was restored many years ago in England & sent to Japan. After some imperfections were noticed, the car was sold to New Zealand & the shell was sandblasted, which revealed the true extent of the issues. The engine was in poor condition & had been overheated, ovalling the bores. Also, the chassis alignment was out & damage had been disguised with filler.

This car is been restored to the original specification, with 4 wheel drum brakes & manual steering.

One issue with 50s & 60s classics is the expense, quality & lack of choice for tyres.
For example, a 185x16 to replace 600x16 is 400-700 each here! To counter this, some owners fit the smaller but wider 72 spoke 6x15 E type wires, & a 205/70x15 modern tyre, such as Honda CRV. However the sidewall tends to look too large & ruins the delicacy of the lines, even on E types.

After careful investigation, we have fitted our 5.5x16 disc wheel car with 205/65x16 tubeless Bridgestones, a new size for Previa & Maximas. The height is within 3% of a 185x16 & the result is shown below.

For the wire wheel brigade, the minimum recommended is a 5.5" rim, so the 54 or 60 spoke 5" rim is not ideal. However, MWS wheels in England make a 6x16 72 spoke wire wheel with correct offset. The news is better for E types, as the same rim will work for the 6 cyl E types & the same tyre is stated as identical overall height as the 185x15. And if you desire a lower or wider profile, the 205/60 & 215/60x16 sizes have plentiful brand & price options.

Under the owners direction, we have also strengthened the boot lid & are adding a custom stainless steel luggage rack.

This car has now been driven & is awaiting paperwork for the completion of the relicencing process.

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