Just three owners from new and beautifully presented in Squadron Blue, this numbers-matching XK120 OTS is a superb example for touring or show.
This fine 1951 XK120 OTS roadster is an early production example that has had just three owners from new. It is presented in beautifully maintained order since receiving a high-quality, nut-and bolt restoration to concours standards by its second owner. According to the Jaguar Heritage Certificate, chassis number 670662 is a numbers-matching car that was built on the 4th of September 1950 – coincidentally Sir William Lyons’ birthday. An early steel-bodied left-hand drive car, it was first finished in pastel blue over a duo-tone blue interior and delivered new to D. S. Gross of San Francisco, California in the opening days of 1951. Mr. Gross used the car sparingly through his tenure but he retained it for 33 years, only selling it as a complete, rust-free but non-driving project in 1984.
The second owner, Vincent Weatherby of Costa Mesa, California was a well-known area car enthusiast who purchased the car for himself, recognizing the importance of such a low mileage and original XK120 roadster. In the late 1990s, he embarked on a multi-year concours-quality restoration, returning the Jaguar to its former glory. Those who witnessed the project state that no bolt was left unturned, and every finish and detail was brought back to factory-correct standards. Shortly after the restoration was completed in 2000, Mr. Weatherby sold the Jaguar to its 3rd and most recent owner, an enthusiast and collector from Wisconsin. Over the past 18 years, the XK120 was meticulously cared for and maintained, with much of the maintenance and detailing handled by the renowned John Kies at Motion Products in Wisconsin.