Jaguar XK120 at the Frank Grounds Rally (1951, ish)
This fine example of the XK120 belonged to the Bira Prince, and its arguably the most important (or significant) XK120 ever built.
Known as the HKV-455, its original plates, or as the chassis #6600001, it was the first lefhand-drive XK120, the first to enter the USA, and also the oldest XK120 remaining. It got itself quite some racing pedigree in the meantime, surviving every single rally.
It was later found in a garage in Scotland, where apparently it had been hiding from the eyes of the public for almost 30 years.
Jaguar says “Drop Head Coupé”, I say “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. I also apologize for this awful awful pun, but hey I’m in the mood.
The beauty about the XK120 isn’t just about the looks. It was also very capable in all sorts of racing, and over the years it gained quite some good amount of racing pedigree. They were competitive in the Le Mans series, Targa Florio & Silverstone race events, and even in the Alpine Rally.