The Jaguar XK120 was shown to the public for the first time at the British International Motor Show in 1948. The XK 120 was in principal designed to test a new Jaguar engine.
This engine had the main goal to achieve a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h); a new record for street cars at that time.
Therefore, the type designation of the XK120 is a direct reference to the primary purpose of the car.
The new top speed record was achieved, and even exceeded with ease. On the 30th of May in 1949, the XK120 concept car wrote history by gaining a top speed of 132,6 mph on a deserted highway in Belgium. It was only the beginning of something much more beautiful …
The dynamic, lascivious lines of the XK120 prototypes made so much impression on the public that at a later stage Jaguar decided to take the cars actually in production. The first 242 production cars were built on a wooden frame with aluminium panels.
That changed at the beginning of 1950; from then on the new versions were all-steel built.
The example which has just arrived is 1 of the first steel bodied Jaguar XK 120’s. An impressively correct and beautiful restored example which drives fabulous. A short trip in this 120 let you understand why the XK 120 became such an successful car.
This Jaguar XK 120 is eligible for the World’s greatest road race, the Mille Miglia. More information will be on our website soon. In the meantime you can always send us an e-mail to receive more information.