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 was engineered by Harry Westlake. It was the world's first high-volume twin-cam engine and would prove remarkably reliable and long-lived. These sports cars came in three body styles, of which this example is the drop head coupe (DHC), or a convertible to most Americans.
When the sedan designed around Jaguar's new XK engine wasn't finished in time, the British automaker showcased the powerplant in a prototype roadster for the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, in London. The company anticipated producing perhaps 120 of th [Read More...]
Sold for $84,700 at 2009 RM Auctions. The XK engine would become the mainstay of all future Jaguar products over the next six decades. It would carry Jaguar to five Le Mans 24 Hour victories between 1951 and 1957. [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
Most of the 240 alloy-bodied XK120s were exported, providing the funds needed for Jaguar to forge ahead with production of over 7,500 steel-bodied XK 120s. This late production XK120M (or SE for Special Equipment) was purchased new by the current own [Read More...]
This car is powered by a 3.5 liter, 168 horsepower, inline six-cylinder engine. The XK series were produced until 1970, when Jaguar introduced a much larger engine. [Read More...]
HardTop Coupe Chassis Num: S669195 Engine Num: F3215-8S
Sold for $151,132 (€100,500) at 2008 Bonhams. This completely restored XK 120 was the last fixed head coupe off the production line back in July of 1954. Trimmed in the rare Suede Green inside and out, there is no finer example of a FHC. Powered by the revolutionary double over head cam 3.4 lite [Read More...]
HardTop Coupe Chassis Num: 681463 Engine Num: F2875-8
Dispatched by Jaguar works to New York dealer/distributor Max Hoffman on April 27, 1954, this car has covered only 55,000 miles in its half-century of existence. The subject of a bolt-by-bolt restoration that was finished around 2003 by Jaguar marque specialists Black horse Motors in Texas, it has covered only 500 miles since that time.
A Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, confirms the car's originality, right down to its body number. Its original tool roll, jack and spare tire may be seen in the trunk, and the only change effected from original during the entire meticulous restoration was the conversion of battery equipment from two 6-volts in series to a single, modern 12-volt unit.
It is finished in an authentic shade of pale-green metallic, the leather seats having been restored in a complementary hue. The walnut veneer dashboard and door capping have been refinished to factory-new appearance, and the green carpeting matches the seats. All chrome plating has been redone to a very high standard, door fit is superb, and the car's engine and engine compartment are presentable to concours-level excellent.
In the eyes of some Jaguar collectors and enthusiasts, the XK120 Fixed Head Coupe is the most elegant of all the 120-, 140- and 150-series cars, as zfthe permanent roof lends a perfectly executed accent to the 120's already stunning design.Source - Gooding & Company
Drophead Coupe Chassis Num: S 674498 Engine Num: F 1410-8S
Sold for $90,720 at 2007 RM Auctions. Sold for $258,500 at 2012 RM Auctions. This 1954 Jaguar XK 120SE Roadster was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell between $80,000 - $100,000. The car is powered by a 3442 cc twin overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engi [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007
This 1954 Jaguar is equipped with the factory SE performance package which includes increased power and dual exhaust allowing it to reach 140 MPH and stiffer suspension and chrome wire wheels. It was originally sold in New Mexico and has less than 2 [Read More...]
Sold for $75,000 at 2007 Bonhams. This 1954 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster has traveled 24,700 miles since new, and has been in the care of one owner its entire life. In 2007 it was brought to the Bonhams Auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, held at t [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
Sold for $121,000 at 2007 RM Auctions. In 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster was brought to the Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it had an estimated value of $90,000 - $110,000. Bidding would soon surpass those estimates, before settling at $121,000 includ [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Jaguar has long enjoyed a storied history of dashing styling, high performance and memorable racing victories. The venerable British brand was founded by Sir William Lyons and William Walmsley, two-wheel enthusiasts actually, as the Swallow Sidecar C [Read More...]
The Jaguar XK120 was designed to be a prestigious vehicle and produced in low numbers. The designation '120' represented the vehicles top speed of 120 miles-per-hour. At the time, it was the fastest production car in the world. The British automotive industry was greatly influenced by World War II. Many manufacturers went out of business due to the lack of funds, fuel and supply shortages, or their factories had been destroyed during the war. In order to stay in business, a solid production line was required that could compete with its class of vehicles. William Lyons, owner of Jaguar, did so by creating a new class - one that was faster, more reliable, stylish, and cheaper than any other vehicle on the market.
To gain industry recognition, Lyons knew that he needed a show car that was revolutionary and bold. Lyons handled the styling while his chief engineer, William Heynes, was tasked with designing the mechanical components. When the vehicle was displayed at Earls Court, the reaction was overwhelming. Originally, Lyons planned to make between 100 and 200 examples. After the public reaction to the car and to keep up with demand, he decided to change the body from hand-formed aluminum to all-steel construction.
The body of the car was reminiscent to the 'French Curves' produced by manufacturers such as Bugatti and Delahaye of the early 1930's and 1940's. They were created in three different body styles, roadster, fixed head, and drop head (convertible).
The vehicle was powered by a 160 horsepower, 3.4 liter, inline-six cylinder engine. Peak horsepower was achieved at 5000 RPM. The 120-mph was the promised speed, the top speed of the vehicle was around 126-132 mph depending on the trim of the vehicle.
The vehicle was designed as a touring car. However, many of the vehicles were raced. Their main weaknesses were their drum brakes which wore quickly, and their steering which was heavy and less responsive when compared to other purpose-built racing vehicles.
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.
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.
In 1954 production ceased. Over 12,000 examples were produced. By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008