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  Jaguar XK120 Ghia Supersonic Coupe
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1954
Numbers built:3
Designed by:Giovanni Savonuzzi for Ghia
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 05, 2009
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Chassis: 679768
Featured is one of just very few XKs sent to independent coachbuilder to be fitted with a custom body. It is one of three XK120s sent to Ghia in 1954 to be equipped with the Supersonic style coachwork penned by Giovanni Savonuzzi and first seen on an Alfa Romeo and multiple Fiat 8Vs. A quick look at the car will reveal why the design received the Supersonic name; it's a good reflection of the jet-obsession of the day. The beauty of many great things is in the details and in this case the 32-piece 'after-burner' taillights a second look. While Ghia was busy fitting the body, the engine was sent to specialist Conrero, who replaced the two SUs with three Webers with a considerable boost in power as a result.

Upon completion the three cars were set to be displayed together at the Cannes Concours d'Elegance. Jaguar was not too happy with the sexual implication of the license plate of the pictured car and it was shown in Cannes with 66-BJ-75 as the number plate instead of the 69-BJ-75 originally fitted. Shortly after the car was stored because its owner was involved in legal and financial issues and carefully hid the car, so his creditors could not get their hands on it. After many years it resurfaced and it has been completely restored in 1990s. Still in excellent condition, it seen here at the 2006 Retromobile.


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