Jaguar XK120 | Unique Cars and Parts

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Jaguar XK120

Designed to be a dream car rather than a production motor car, the XK120 became an overnight and highly profitable. While were exported to the USA, are still examples to be found in and the celebrated classic can be purchased at a

The Jaguar XK120 Roadster was at the 1948 Earls Court Show and was an immediate success. very stylish car had a top speed 120 mph (hence the 120 name), and was tremendously value for money being cheaper and more advanced any rival. It was a combination of beautiful combined with an impressive that was to ensure its success.

It was the fist car to feature the all-new overhead camshaft engine, in one cubic capacity or another on to power all Jaguar cars both saloon and sports, for forty years. The new 3.4 litre six was a silky smooth engine, twin cams and twin SU to develop 160 bhp.

The XK 120 was hugely popular and orders much higher than had anticipated. The first cars alloy body panels an ash frame, but after production of 200 models jaguar switched to a mainly steel body to up with demand.

The 120 in XK120 was in true of the cars performance, the model rated at a top speed of 120 mph km/h). Later SE (Special models came with lift cams and twin that were able to the power to 180 bhp.

In 1951 a Fixed Head version was introduced, with a Coupe joining the range in Both of these cars wind-up windows, external handles, and a walnut dashboard. A Equipment model was available 1951 with a 180 bhp engine.

of all models ended in 1954 the XK140 was introduced.

Jaguar Today and Tomorrow The XK120 Story

by John Freeman (pub. 1954 )

TWO at a motor show watched the form around a sleek new roadster. Cheap publicity observed one. That engine would have to twice as much if it was going to run The other nodded in glum the Jaguar XK-120, he said, was a to any serious-minded auto enthusiast and doubtless fall apart its first tryout.

The two spectators walked away the crowd to search for a more car on exhibition.

This suspicious and the jolt of surprise soon to it, are nothing new in the life of Bill Jaguar founder and director. His has been devoted to surprising with unbelievable cars.

Starting in business as a motorcycle manufacturer in 1922, he early an interest in coach-building, producing bodies for the little Austin chassis. Nine years his Swallow Coachworks first Lyons engineered and carried out a with the Standard Motor that today remains a for talented audacity. Using chassis and engines, he introduced his SS cars – expensive dashingly sporty, and so low to the ground they created a scandal.

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