After staying hidden for four decades, the freshly restored XK120 by Pininfarina was one of the many pleasant surprises at Pebble Beach.
Back in 1951, Pinin Farina invited Enzo Ferrari to meet him in Turin, to which Enzo replied that he “rarely leaves Maranello.” Pinin’s son Sergio came to the rescue, who suggested that the two should meet halfway, on neutral ground at Torona. Once agreed, Enzo and Pinin must have enjoyed their meals, because Pininfarina ended up with Ferrari’s contract, and launched the 212 within a year.
While Pininfarina kept itself busy with its impressive list of clients including Nash, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot and Fiat, their Jaguar remained a one-off, bought by a German collector from America in 1978. The car then sat in storage until 2015, when specialists Classic Motor Cars purchased it with a complete nut and bolt restoration in mind (the same company is responsible for JLR designer Ian Callum’s custom Mark 2s).
The Jaguar was fully stripped down, then taken back to bare metal. During the inspection, it was found that Pininfarina had used the original XK body as a basis. A previous owner had attempted to restore the car, painting the exterior in Burgundy, covering the seats with tan leather and changing various other aspects. Some of the original parts were impossible to find so CMC had to remake parts such as bumpers and chrome work by hand from photographs. The technicians also 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 items were also 3D printed in-house. The rear window was also missing so 3D scanning technology was used to scan the window aperture and make a new rear screen from the scan data.
There were no signs of the original paint color and it all came down to the last nut and bolt. When the front screen was removed, a small section of original paint was discovered and used as a color match.
6,725 hours equals to forty weeks, or ten months, 24/7.