It’s an XK120 according to Pininfarina – hence the Italian influences – and not surprisingly it’s very rare. Although Pf and Jaguar aren’t unknown to each other – remember the angular XJ12 concept and 1978 XJ-S Spider convertible? – it took American petrolhead, Max Hoffman, to get the famous Italian carrosserie to re-body his XK120 as a one-off.
The resultant XK120 by Pininfarina is, apart from being a shoe-in talking point at any XK club meeting, a pretty sexy looking thing. In 1955 it was sexy enough to be unveiled at that year’s Geneva Motor Show, even though it was only ever destined to be a one-off.
As such it’s a candidate for the rarest-ever Jaguar. But at least since the weekend we know more about it, and can appreciate its lines again. The car, which had languished in a poor state in Germany for almost 40 years, has again taken the spotlight, this time at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California at the weekend.