Kendaraan yang langka dari Jaguar datang dalam berbagai bentuk, seperti XJ220, XJR-15, dan XKSS, dan nama-nama itu hanyalah beberapa model yang memang sangat sulit untuk didapatkan.
Namun, tidak satu pun dari yang sudah disebutkan tadi lebih yang langka seperti Jaguar yang digambarkan di sini.
Sebuah XK120 oleh Pininfarina. Mobil klasik yang direstorasi ini memulai debutnya di Pebble Beach setelah 6.275 jam restorasi oleh spesialis di Classic Motor Cars (CMC).
Dengan bodywork unik oleh coachbuilder terkenal Pininfarina, Jaguar baru dikirim ke Max Hoffman pada tahun 1954, importir kendaraan eksotis kelahiran Austria yang berbasis di New York.
Mobil itu kemudian membuat debut publiknya di Geneva Motor Show pada tahun 1955, dan lagi di kemudian hari di Autocar Show.
Pada 2015, mobil itu dibeli oleh CMC, yang mulai mengembalikannya ke kejayaannya.
Restorasi mur-dan-baut 6.275 jam menghadapi banyak rintangan, termasuk tantangan untuk menemukan warna cat asli, dan harus membuat ulang bumper dan kaca depan belakang.
"Beberapa suku cadang asli tidak mungkin ditemukan sehingga kami harus membuat ulang item seperti bumper dan krom yang dikerjakan dengan tangan berdasarkan foto," kata David, Ketua dewan operasi CMC.
“Kami harus memindai bagian depan dan belakang mobil dan membuat mock up lampu, yang kemudian dipindai dan dicetak 3D. Bagian yang lebih kecil yang hilang juga dicetak 3D.
Jendela belakang hilang. Jadi kami juga harus memindai bukaan jendela dan buat layar belakang baru yang dibuat dari data pindaian," kata David.
Detail restorasi termasuk makeover seluruh body, termasuk ujung depan baru, panel kuartal belakang baru, panel lengkung bagian dalam, lantai boot, kusen, dan kulit pintu.
Sasis telah sepenuhnya diperbaiki dan dicat ulang, dan bumper depan dan belakang dibuat ulang bersama dengan 80 persen pengerjaan krom asli, dan kaca depan belakang serta kaca depan. Interiornya benar-benar dipangkas ulang.
Pada bagian bawah kap, mesin dan gearbox dibangun kembali.
Mesin straight-six 3,4 liter sekarang menghasilkan 180 tenaga kuda (134 kilowatt), dan dipasangkan dengan gearbox manual asli.
Mobil itu dilengkapi dengan spesifikasi peralatan Jaguar asli, dan membawa pulang tempat kedua di kelas Pebble Beach Concours 0-2 Postwar Closed.
This 1954 XK120 SE by Pininfarina could be the rarest Jaguar ever
After a full nut and bolt restoration taking 6,725 hours by world-class specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC), the wraps came off this unique Pininfarina bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE yesterday at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, USA.
The car was well received by the crowd of collectors and aficionados gathered at the event and finished second in class O-2 Postwar Closed. Peter Neumark, Chairman of the Employee Ownership Trust that runs CMC, said: “A great result! It was a privilege to take the cover off this long-lost Jaguar at one of the most important Concours in the world.”
He added: “The car was admired all day and we are delighted to be bringing a trophy home as a further testimony to the skills, dedication and attention to detail that we have in our business."
This XK120 features unique bodywork by famed Italian coachbuilder and design house Pininfarina. It was first delivered to a Mr Max Hoffman in 1954, who was an Austrian-born, New York-based importer of luxury European automobiles into the United States during the 1950s.
He was a petrol-head who inspired the production and refinement of several vehicles from the main manufacturers, which earned him entry into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2003. It is believed that Hoffman inspired Pininfarina to reinterpret the shapes of the XK and then unveiled it at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show.
After the unveiling in Geneva, the XK appeared at the Autocar Show later in April that year and Australian magazine Modern Motor reported that it was due to be exhibited at the Turin Motor Show in 1956, but never arrived due to the owner wanting to take delivery of it.
David Barzilay, Chairman of CMC’s operating board, said: “There is little trace of the car’s history, but we are certain that Hoffman was the supplying dealer, then first owner of the car and that there was only one XK120 by Pininfarina produced, which makes this one of the rarest Jaguars in existence.”
In 2015, CMC purchased the car from a German gentleman who bought it in the USA in 1978 with the intention of restoring it. Unfortunately, he never got round to it and eventually decided to sell. CMC took on the challenge and have restored every nut and bolt of the vehicle.
The team of specialists faced a number of challenges during the restoration, from finding the original paint colour to remaking the bumpers and rear window screen.
Barzilay said: “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. We had to scan the front 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.”
During the pre-restoration inspection it was found that Pininfarina had used the original XK body as a basis, and that, at some point in its life, the car was painted Burgundy and had the seats covered with tan leather.
Barzilay said: “There were no signs of the original paint colour and it all came down to the last nut and bolt. When the front screen was removed, we discovered a small section of original paint and used it as a colour match.”
He added: “The interior trim door cards were missing, along with the carpets and the original colour of the trim, but we discovered a small sample of original Ochre tan leather when we stripped the car down. This was colour matched and the original type and colour leather was used to recreate the interior. The shape and pattern of the door cards was created by looking at similar Pininfarina designed cars from the period.”