One-off Jaguar XK120 unveiled at Pebble Beach after 6,500-hour restoration

A unique Jaguar XK120 SE was revealed yesterday at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California.

The ultra-rare Jaguar XK120 was built by renowned Italian coachbuilders Pininfarina. The car has been revealed after a complete nut and bolt restoration taking a gruelling 6,725 hours by Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Mr Max Hoffman – who was a New York-based importer of luxury European automobiles in the 50s, was the first owner of the car in 1954. It is believed that he inspired Pininfarina to reinterpret the XK, before the coach built car was unveiled at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show.

The car was purchased in 2015 by CMC after the previous German owner of the car, who had purchased the car in 1978, never got around to restoring it. Due to its rarity, many parts had to be remade by hand, using only original photographs as a base to work from.

At the highly-prestigious concourse event, the XK120 finished second in its class. Peter Neumark, chairman of the Employee Ownership Trust that runs CMC, said: "This was a great result! It was a privilege to take the cover off this long-lost Jaguar at one of the most important Concours events in the world."

David Barzilay, chairman of the CMC'c operating board, said: "There is little trace of the car's history, but we are certain that Hoffman was the supplying dealer, the first owner of the car and that there was only one XK120 by Pininfarina produced, which makes this one of the rarest Jaguar's in existence."

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