‘We claimed 120 mph (for the XK 120), a speed unheard of for a production car in those days’ – William Heynes, Chief Engineer, Jaguar Cars.
The XK 120 debut in the fall of 1948 was nothing less than a sensation. It was sleek, beautiful and strikingly modern.
The XK motor, engineered by Harry Westlake, was the world’s first high-volume twin-cam engine and would prove remarkably reliable and long-lived.
In 1951, Jaguar entered the grueling 24-hour of Le Mans endurance race.
Three XK120C, the ‘C’ representing ‘competition’, were entered.
One of the three entrants won the event.
And in 1952, an XK120 was driven continuously for seven days and nights around a track located in Montlhery, France.
After more than 16,000 miles in one week, the vehicle once again proved its endurance capabilities.
The XK engine would become the mainstay of all future Jaguar products over the next six decades.
Producing 160 horsepower, the 3.4 liter, inline-six cylinder engine, would propel the car passed its 120mph promised speed and on to a top speed of around 126-132 mph depending on the trim of the vehicle.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This beautifully presented XK 120 Roadster was manufactured in 1953.
The Jaguar XK 120 is eligible for the world’s greatest historic motoring events, such as the Mille Miglia, Le Mans Classic and Tour Auto, and this example would be ideal for any event its new owner wishes to participate in.
We are personally completely in love with this specific Jaguar XK 120.
The sound which comes from the exhaust is slightly louder then normal. It remembers us of an XK 140 which we used some years ago for Italian rallies.
It was an XK 140 which was driving so perfect. The handling of that car together with the looks and the power was just superb and hard to find in any other car.
A Jaguar XK can feel so perfect. The seat position can be comfortable and as mentioned before, the handling can be superb.
This XK is a wonderful driver. It looks very nice although it’s not a super fresh restored car but a slightly older restoration.
The body of the Jaguar is in a very nice condition. Due to the wonderful color combination the car presents beautifully.
The paint is very nice with some very small imperfections.
The door fittings are very nice.
The chrome surrounding of the window and bumpers are impressively nice.
The soft top of the Jaguar is also in a very nice condition.
This XK120 is well sorted throughout and ready to be enjoyed by its next owner, in spirited open-air drives, touring events, or car shows.
The beautiful Red with Cream leather interior suits the outside color of Black very nice.
The entire interior has been period correct with the correct materials restored.
One can see that the interior has a beautiful patina and does not need any attention.
The sound of the car is wonderful. It has a beautiful noise from the exhaust. Sporty but still chique.
The car drives as it looks. Very very well and correct sorted/restored.
The engine offers a lot of power and the car response quickly on the gas as well as on the brakes.
This car offers a great opportunity to acquire an engaging driver’s car that is also beautiful and eligible for various driving events including the Mille Miglia.