JAGUAR XK120 PERIOD COMPETITION ROADSTER
This Jaguar is an early XK120 roadster with an extensive competition history including both racing and international rallying.
Completed in February 1951 AJK48 was despatched to Henlys, and then sold to Mrs Samson via Willetts Ltd of Eastbourne. The details of Mrs Samson's ownership remain unclear but it was to be brief and by early 1952 the car had passed to London businessman Mark Levy. It was Levy who was to begin AJK48's varied competition career with an entry into the BARC Eastbourne Rally held on 6th July, a drive he shared with friend and fellow competitor Cyril Wick, who achieved the fastest time in the Rally's hill climb stage. Their entry into this event was in effect a warm up for the more challenging Evian Mont Blanc Rally that took place later that month on the continent and again saw both Levy and Wick piloting AJK48. While perhaps not as well-known as the Alpine Trial, the Evian Mont Blanc Rally was regarded by many contemporary drivers and journalists as being at least as technically challenging as the more famous event and possibly more so. Wick and Levy's earlier preparations clearly paid off as they secured fastest times on many stages including the famous Colombier Hill Climb, where Wick set a new record. Indeed, as a contemporary Autosport report attests, they were doing so well that they seemed set for outright victory when alas their brakes failed in the closing hours - sadly not an uncommon occurrence amongst XKs at that time.