Classic Motor Cars to restore rare XK120 live

Shropshire's Classic Motor Cars will restore a rare, Pininfarina-designed Jaguar XK120 live throughout this year's Classic & Sports Car Show.

Staged at London's Alexandra Palace, the event from the 28th to 30th October will see the CMC team work on the rare Jaguar on stage, which will show off the techniques and equipment used in restoring a classic car.

This is the vehicle's first public appearance in 40 years, and was created for American car importer Max Hoffman, before the one-off XK120 was displayed at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show.

It will be the main display in a special restoration hall at the Alexandra Palace event.

When production of the XK120 began in 1948, it was Jaguar's first sports car for 8 years and their first since World War II. It is seen as one of Jaguar's all-time greats, and Jaguar finished production in 1954.

Managing director of CMC, Tim Leese, said: "As the only XK120 by Pininfarina ever produced this is one of the rarest Jaguars in existence.

"We are looking forward to bringing this special project to The Classic & Sports Car Show and giving visitors the opportunity to not only watch CMC's mechanics and technicians at work but also ask any questions, to really gain a full understanding of the painstaking work that goes into restorations like this."

The Classic & Sports Car Show will also feature some of the most prestigious classic cars around, with the event also revealing the greatest supercar ever, following a public vote.

Classic Motor Cars to restore rare XK120 live

Classic Motor Cars to restore rare XK120 live

Written by Jack Healy