1950 Jaguar XK 120 Competition Roadster

Courtesy of Bonhams

One of Australia’s best success stories in terms of motorcar sales and racing, the tale of Bib Stillwell began with a humble garage in Kew, Australia, in 1949.

Early on, as agents for British sports cars MG and Jaguar as well as Morris, B.S. Stillwell & Co. established a fine reputation for excellence in client service. Alongside the day-to-day sales, Bib developed his own interest in motor racing, successfully campaigning a number of cars including the Jaguar XK 120 offered for sale today. The car dates from those early days of his career and it is understood that Stillwell bought the car new.

As his career progressed, Stillwell replaced the car relatively early on, but it continued to have an illustrious career with a number of Australian luminaries of the period including Mal Biddlecombe, Russ Jennings, John Miller and Allan Benson, remaining in competition until 1979. Amazingly, its success was achieved with a minimum of modifications, although upgrades included disc brakes and two-inch SU carburetors.

Cosmetically the car’s condition reflects its age and the purpose for which it has been used over those 60 years; nevertheless, today, as a result of various work over the years, it also presents cleanly. The car has been well kept but largely unused since 2010. Street legal and vintage-race approved, it comes with a substantial amount of paperwork including early race records, vintage pictures, full ownership history from new, FIA papers, logbook, and a copy of The Jaguar XK120 in the Southern Hemisphere, in which the car is featured.

Thor Thorson

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Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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