Newsletter Marreyt Classic Cars October 2021 - Jaguar XK120

Zoute Grand Prix

What a pleasure to meet all our classic car friends at the glorious Zoute Grand Prix events during the weekend of the 7-th till 10-th of October!

Koen drove with his Jaguar XK120 DHC the regularity part of the rallye while Luc attended the balade with our Maserati 3500GT.

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Bernard and Kristin presented some cars at the Zoute Concours d’Elegance.

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While the rest of our team welcomed a never ending flow of friends and customers at our Experience Room in the heart of commercial Knokke-Zoute during the whole weekend.

New Jaguar XK120 theme

In 1948 Jaguar launched the XK120 model at the London Motor Show as a testbed for the newly designed Jaguar XK engine, conceived by chief engineer William Heynes.Featuring an aluminium alloy cilinder head, hemispherical combustion chambers, inclined valves and twin side-draft SU carburetors, the dual overhead-cam 3.4 L straight-6 XK engine was highly advanced for a mass produced unit in those early post war years.Fitted into the aerodynamic and elegant roadster body (constructed for the first 242 cars in aluminium), designed by Jaguar boss William Lyons, the XK120 achieved 120 MPH (hence the “120” model specification), which made it the world's fastest production car at the time. As was demonstrated by Ron "Soapy" Sutton on the 30-th of May 1949 on the motorway between Ostend and Jabbeke achieving 132,6 MPH.

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The new Jaguar sports car immediately caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and Chairman William Lyons to put it into production.For this years Autumn season, we selected 2 interesting Jaguar XK120 models to be exhibited the weekend of the 29-30-31 Oct & 1 Nov at our Knokke-Zoute Experience Room.

1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  

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The purity of the line of this early production Roadster is accentuated by disc wheels and rear wheel spats.
Connoisseurs will notice the typical characteristics for this early production model: alloy cast side lights, the specific A-pillars and the engine’s correct stud-less cam cover type.This freshly restored, early XK120 Roadster looks superbly clean in her silver metallic finish complemented by a period correct duo-tone grey leather interior.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

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This comfortable DHC is the more luxurious version of the constantly exposed open Roadster model, featuring wind-up windows and wood veneers on the dashboard and interior door caps.Nicely restored in the typical British Racing Green colour with Sage Green leather upholstery,  accentuating the opulence of the typical “English Club” Jaguar atmosphere and charm.

Brussels InterClassics Show

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If we don’t meet in the meantime at our Knokke Experience Room, we would very much like to welcome you during the weekend of 19 / 20 / 21 November at the Brussels InterClassics Show on our stand in Hall 5 where we will exhibit a nice selection of our magnificent classic cars in stock. If not at the Brussels InterClassics Salon we look forward welcoming you in the Marreyt Experience Room in the heart of commercial Knokke Zoute.