Restoration - XK120 OTS 661123 "The Crocodile Car" - Completed

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The classic "Found in a Barn" XK120 roadster. This is chassis number S661123, a very late RHD XK120 roadster that found its way into this barn in Rural NSW until uncovered in early 1996. The car was exceptionally complete and original having never been restored, but was certainly in need of restoration. The car had had numerous coats of paint throughout its life and then presumably left out in the open causing the paint to crack deeply through all of the paint layers, creating an exterior very reminisant of crocodile skin ­ hence the car was quickly known as "The Crocodile Car"!


Concours Sportscar Restoration has resurrected 661123 into our most awarded restoration to date. Please track the restoration through the pages here and the final results are posted on the last page.

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Complete in every respect including original hose clamps, ignition leads and exhaust system. Numerous rolls of film were shot to capture the exact location of every conceivable component to enable us to refer to when the assembly of the car begins. It is not often you come across a car that has not been touched since it left the factory some 50 years earlier.

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The "Crocodile Skin" is clearly evident in these shots, as is the obvious need for restoration.

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As is the case with all vehicles that come to Concours Sportscar Restoration for a full restoration, the chassis and body are sent to be dipped to remove all traces of paint, filler and rust. This process provides us with a perfectly clean panel, inside and out, that is easy to assess properly and then allows a coat of primer to be applied to prevent surface rust starting.

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The first task with any XK restoration is to establish the condition of the chassis as it is vitally important that the chassis is sound and 100% true. The chassis is used as the basis for the body to be restored on which ensures that the fit and accuracy of the body and related components is absolutely perfect. This car had not suffered any accident damage, but had certainly suffered from rust! An entire new front of the chassis had to be made along with new legs at the rear. The front is vitally important as the front suspension, engine, radiator and other components are mounted directly to the chassis and the precise location of these components is paramount.

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