Jaguar Classic’s Bespoke XK120 Is The Definition Of Suave Ingenuity

  1. Jeremy
  2. May 13, 2019 2:49 pm

Jaguar Classic's Bespoke XK120 Is The Definition Of Suave Ingenuity


Jaguar Classic has finished its unique XK120 sports car restoration, as commissioned by British male model and life-long Jaguar aficionado David Gandy.

The 11-month project — a close partnership between David Gandy and Jaguar Classic’s experts at the Classic Works facility in Warwickshire — took 2,700 hours to complete. Working off of a brief to make it race-ready for classic motorsport events like the Jaguar Classic Challenge, the car’s specs are inspired by the original XK120 Lightweight.

“This unique XK120 showcases the expertise, skill and craftsmanship that Jaguar Classic makes available for all of its customers. Not only were we able to bring this iconic sports car back to life mechanically, but the attention to detail and the bespoke design of the interior sets David’s car apart,” commented Calum McKechnie, Head of Jaguar Classic.

“Having driven a Jaguar XK120 at the Mille Miglia in 2013 and 2014, I knew that I wanted to own one of these incredibly special cars. The team at Jaguar Classic have done such a remarkable job engineering this car and executing everything that I asked for and it was amazing to have such an in-depth involvement in its creation,” added David Gandy.

The in-line six-cylinder unit was thoroughly reconstructed over five-and-a-half months, with the ultimate goal to use the car for racing. The result is a performance upgrade from the original 180bhp output to 225bhp and enhanced durability for higher speeds, with items like the core plugs featuring steel bracing so they don’t dislodge during high-performance driving. An all-new, upgraded exhaust system boasts dual pipes instead of the usual single pipe.

Inside, the car is just as impressive and unique. Finished in an Aged Saddle tan leather, the seats feature a bespoke lattice design with the seatbacks finished in aluminium rather than the usual fabric material. While two batteries would usually sit behind the driver’s seat, for this car the Classic team put a single battery behind the passenger seat to free up space behind the driver. This was also a consideration for the choice of the steering wheel, which is smaller than normal to provide more legroom.

The finished car was handed over to its ecstatic owner, who intends to use it on road and in competition. For more information about Jaguar Classic go to







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