Here is a photo of a 1952 Jaguar XK 120, that belongs to one of our customers. He purchased the car used in 1957 for $995.00, and has owned it ever since. It was black when he bought it and over the years it has had a few paint jobs, finally ending up a gorgeous red. Many of you have seen this car in the front section of our shop and requested it as your “loaner” for the day. Sorry…it is not available.
The XK 120 was first introduced at the 1948 Earl’s Court Motor Show. Originally only 200 hand made aluminum bodied cars were to be produced. After it’s public unveiling and seeing the interest in the vehicle, William Lyons (Jaguar’s founder) ordered tooling for steel body work so the cars could be produced in larger quantities.
The car offered style and performance at an affordable price. It was designed to be a prestigious vehicle and was produced in low numbers. The car was equipped with a 3.4 liter twin cam six cylinder engine that developed 160 bhp using twin SU carburetors, and a four speed manual transmission. The designation ‘120’ represented the vehicles promised top speed, 120 mph, which made it the fastest production vehicle at that time. Actual top speeds ranged from 126 to 132 mph.
In 1951 Jaguar entered 3 XK 120’s in the 24 hours of LeMans endurance race. One of the three cars won the race. In 1952, an XK 120 was driven continuously for 7 days and nights around a track in France. After more than 16,000 miles in one week, the vehicle once again proved it’s endurance. Production ended in 1954 with the advent of the XK 140. Over 12,000 XK 120’s were built.