Jaguar XK120 by Pininfarina

1954 Pininfarina bodied Jaguar XK120

Jaguar Magazine Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth


It is not often that somebody like Les Hughes of Jaguar Magazine gets really stuck – but he is stuck on this Pininfarina bodied XK120 which is going to star in the next edition of Jaguar Magazine.

It is the only XK120 rebodied by the famous Pininfarina design house, and is currently being restored by CMC in the UK. To my mind it is gorgeous, and while it looks a little like their Ferrari concepts of the 1955s, the front is drop-dead fabulous and there are some hallmarks to me of the 1963 S-Type.

However, the general story which has been spread over the years is that the car was shown once only, and that was the Geneva Motor Show in 1955. Others state it was Turin that year.

Les Hughes has gone through tens of thousands of images of all the major European motor shows between 1951 and 1957 – and there is no sign of it at any of those. There are dozens of concepts – but not this one.

Was it ever shown in public?

There are also signs that it was only once professionally photographed when new – but where is this place and the huge statue?

Historically it is very important to find out more about this time and place – so does anyone recognise it?

The car went to the US very soon after and spent all of its time there until being exported to Germany in the 1980s. It has been in storage ever since until the restoration began.

We are sure that the owner and CMC would like to know too – so please contact Xclusively Jaguar if you can answer any of these questions, and we will pass the information on to Jaguar Magazine and CMC.

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