The last year of production for the Jaguar XK120 before it would transition to the XK140 second-generation, the 1954 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe is a gorgeous and stylish example of Jaguars quality engineering and timeless design. Unlike the Roadster, which offered no protection from the elements, and the Drop Head Coupe models that offered two-season driving, the Fixed Head Coupe provided drivers will a year-round car that was not only stylish and powerful, but also affordable. The Fixed Head Coupe was available at a fraction of the cost when compared to the Drop Head Coupe and Roadster, and was still less than a third of the price of the most comparable Ferrari. Its 3.4L water-cooled inline-six engine offered 160hp and a 0 to 60 time of less than 12 seconds. And, like its name, the XK120 was capable of reaching a top speed of more than 120mph. While the 1954 Jaguar Fixed Head Coupe is significantly more rare than the Roadster and the Drop Head Coupe, because of its fixed roof, it can be found today at a fraction of the cost of similar convertible XK120 collectables.
There are a few key areas that should be inspected on the 1954 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe prior to buying one. Of course, as with all classic Jaguars from this era, rust is the enemy. Most XK120s will show some type of body panel rust, which can be difficult to fix yet doable; however, if you find a car with rust on the frame or structural supports, this is far more difficult and expensive to restore. Keep this in mind and always inspect the car while on a lift. Mechanically, the 3.4L engines were powerful, strong and well designed. On the early XK engines, be sure to check the front and rear main seals, as well as the original steel shim head gaskets. The front and rear main seals are known to be leaky and the originally gaskets corroded easily and should be replaced with a modern composite replacement. Also remember that these XK120 Fixed Head Coupe models (as well as other XK120s) were outfitted with very large steering wheels and lacked power steering. This leads to a quite uncomfortable driving positioned for anyone taller than about 510, particularly with an enclosed roof. For some buyers this doesnt matter its about the experience of owning a classic Jaguar.
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