Classics – Jaguar XK120 SE By Pininfarina is rarer than extraterrestrial life image

Fresh from the restoration atelier, this classic one-off XK120 by Pininfarina is even rarer than Jaguar’s other exclusive wonders, such as the XJ220, the XJR-15, and the XKSS, among many.

The classic has just been brought back to life after 6,275 hours of restoration by specialist Classic Motor Cars (CMC) and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was its first public outing since completion. Featuring bespoke bodywork by legendary coachbuilder Pininfarina, the Jaguar was the commission of Max Hoffman back in 1954, an Austrian-born, New York-based exotic vehicle collector. The car was even presented to the worldwide public at the Geneva Motor Show in 1955, and also headlined the Autocar Show.

CMC acquired the example back in 2015, and decided to restore it to its former glory – those 6,275 hours were put to good work: “Some of the original parts were impossible to find so we had to remake items such as the bumpers and chrome work by hand from photographs,” said David Brassily, CMC’s chairman. and rear end of the car and make mock ups of the lights, which were then scanned and 3D printed. Smaller missing parts were also 3D printed in-house. The rear window was missing so we also had to scan the window aperture and have a new rear screen made from the scan data.” The 3.4-liter straight-six now delivers 180 horsepower (134 kilowatts), and is featured next to the original manual gearbox.