• Jul 28, 2010
Barry Goldwater's one-off George Barris 1953 Jaguar XK120 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Long before Barry Goldwater would suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1964 presidential election, the politician apparently had a taste for wildly customized cars. Unsatisfied with the exquisite design of his 1953 Jaguar XK120, Goldwater commissioned the legendary George Barris to turn the car into something special. Barris took the time to work in headlight and tailfin assemblies from a '53 Buick, along with a Lincoln Continental-style spare tire carrier and a shortened Cadillac rear bumper. Inside, the dash was reworked in unfinished aluminum, complete with an array of aeronautical gauges. We're quite sure we prefer the bog-standard XK120's sheetmetal, but this car's interesting history and one-off nature is hard to ignore.

The car has spent the last 20 years of its life tucked away in a California shop and has emerged via the glory of eBay Motors. The body has weathered the years between 1953 and now without too much wear and tear, though the interior has moved on to the great beyond. The car's 3.5-liter, DOHC I6 is still in place, as are all of those oddball gauges. The car is available in Newport Beach, California with its reserve not met at $15,639 at the time of writing. If you want it, hop on over to eBay and get to clicking. There are only four days left on the auction right now.



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Some of the "Old Heads" at work still remember Goldwater.

      They say he used to cruise around D.C. and the vanity plate on his car, was "AU H2O".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jaguar should buy it and crush it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont know any of these people, all I see is a jacked up Jag....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jared - I'm more worried that he doesn't know who George Barris is. This is a car website after all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I dont know any of these people"

        You don't know who Barry Goldwater was? Sigh. Kids these days...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The body mods are just wrong. A classic jag ruined forever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a truly nasty thing to do to an XK, the people involved with this should have had their hands cut off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Butchering that XK was sacrilege.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Never been a big fan of Barris' work. I think the ONLY design I've liked was the Batmobile, and it was SUPPOSED to be 'different.' Seems all he can do is take fluid lines and mess them up, and add a bunch of 'bling' that doesn't belong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The headlight changes are not too bad, certainly not as nice as the original, but whoever thought up the chnges to the reare end should have multiple body parts of their own removed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with the body detail above the rear wheels? And why does the rear end seem to point skyward? Maybe that's the angle of the pic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is mentioned in the Kandy Kolored Tangerine-flaked Streamline Baby
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have never cared for anything created by Barris, this is no exception. What a waste of a beautiful car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Note the altimeter on the right hand side of the dash. Wonder why that was put there. Obviously it's not functional or supposed to do something than what an altimeter normally does because it's currently reading about 8400ft. The manifold pressure gauge is interesting too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Goldwater was a pilot. He claimed to have flown or flown in just about every type of plane in the u.s. Being a senator has it's privileges.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps the Barris/Goldwater connections are worth more than they seem. As messed up as that car is, it already has a bid price above what I'd pay.
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