|1950 Jaguar XK120 (Chassis # 670131)
History report by Dan Mooney
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Chassis # 670131, an alloy bodied Jaguar XK120 roadster, was completed at the Jaguar factory on February 10th, 1950. It was dispatched to the Charles Hornburg Dealership in Los Angeles on March 22nd, 1950. Charles H. Hornburg, Jr. was the first Jaguar dealer in the US and the man most responsible for introducing the Jaguar brand to the North American market. In many ways, Hornburg's enthusiasm and success selling Jaguars in the US was pivotal to the very survival of Jaguar Cars in the difficult years following the war.
When the XK120 was launched at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948, Hornburg was famously quoted as saying "I'll take them all!" It is said that he actually took 2,000 advanced orders for the sensational new XK120 sports car, one of which was obviously chassis number 670131.
|William Lyons visiting Charles Hornburg in California - 1950||670131 still retains its original matching number engine and transmission
The first owner of the 670131 was Stephen Duma, a 32 year old real estate broker in Pasadena, CA. In 1951, Stephen Duma married Monica Whalen, a successful actress, singer and radio show host who worked on the Art Linkletter Show. Ms. Whalen was something of a celebrity at the time, counting Bing Crosby and Bob Hope among her circle of friends. We have spoken to Monica Whalen's daughter, Kelly Sullivan, who was six years old when her mother married Stephen Duma. She clearly remembers that her stepfather had a 'fancy sports car' at the time! She describes Duma as being tall, dark, handsome, and a little "flashy".
Unfortunately, the marriage between Stephen Duma and Monica Whalen didn't last. In 1952 Duma left the family home and was never seen or heard from (by the Whalens) again. He had apparently returned to his native New York, taking 670131 with him. Stephen Duma died in Staten Island, NY in April 1993.
Fast forward to 2004 when an Illinois based car dealer (Jim Hamatto) bought 670131 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The seller of the car identified himself as Stephen Duma's grandson, and had apparently inherited the Jaguar upon his grandfather's death. It therefore appears that Stephen Duma was the sole owner of 670131 up until his death in 1993.
Shortly after acquiring the car, Hamatto sold it to Mark Lynn of Westminster, Maryland. Mr. Lynn kept the car for the next 10 years before passing it on to the current owner in March 2014.
670131 is currently undergoing a total restoration in the Team CJ workshops in Austin, Texas.