1953 Jaguar XK120

The Jaguar XK120 was conceived and constructed in just a few months before making its debut at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show in 1948. The demand for what was then the world's fastest production car took Jaguar by surprise and they found it difficult to keep pace with the demand, forcing them to re-think the XK120's method of construction. The body had been conceived as a coachbuilt, aluminum paneled structure with sales not expected to exceed 200 units in its first year. In conjunction with the Pressed Steel Fisher Company, a new all-steel paneled body was developed. Power was from the XK engine which had been developed prior to the war and had been intended for Jaguar's forthcoming Mark VII saloon. The six-cylinder 3.4-liter engine had a modern design with twin overhead camshafts, an aluminum-alloy cylinder head, seven main bearings, and produced 160 horsepower. The chassis was essentially a shortened version of the Mark V saloon and employed the William Heynes' torsion bar independent front suspension. In May 1949, on the Jabbeke to Aeltre autoroute, recorded a speed of 126 mph with its hood and side screens in place. With the hood and windscreen removed and an under-tray fitted, it had a record speed of 132 mph.

Coupe (introduced in 1951) and drophead coupe versions followed, along with the Special Equipment (SE) package with 180 hp for customers seeking even more power.

Production of the XK120 continued until 1954 with 12,078 examples built. 709 were left-hand drive SE dropheads. A total of 2,679 examples were Fixed head Coupes. 7,374 examples were steel-bodied roadsters.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019

Related Reading : Jaguar XK120 History

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....
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1953 Vehicle Profiles

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Convertible

Jaguar created a sensation when the XK120 was launched in October of 148. It was a true 120 MPH sports car with 160 horsepower from a 3.4-liter double-overhead cam engine. A total of 12,055 units of the XK model were produced.....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: 672536

This 1953 Jaguar XK 120 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. It was offered without reserve. It is powered by a 3442cc twin-overhead am inline six-cyl....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

It was the XK120 that brought Jaguar to prominence as a sports car builder and giant in the world of road racing. This legendary model was produced between 1949 and 1954. In that time, a total of 12,078 units were built, of which only 2,678 were fi....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: S680992
Engine Num: W7957-8S

The 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE Fixed Head Coupe finished in silver with a black leather interior was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island where it was estimated to fetch between $75,000-$100,000. When first constr....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Comfort, beauty, performance, class - the Jaguar XK120 was a legend in its own time. The original XK 120 was a true roadster, with a fully detachable top stored in the trunk. The hardtop coupe version was introduced in 1951 and a convertible in 1953.....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: S 673526
Engine Num: W 7362-8S

This Jaguar XK120 is an original, left-hand drive example that was completed on the 29th of January in 1953. It was delivered new to R.M. Overseas in Düsseldorf, Germany on 18th February 1953. It came equipped with the 'C-Type' cylinder head, which c....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: 674111
Engine Num: W 9122-8

The Jaguar XK120 was conceived and constructed in but a few months. It made its debut at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show were it caused a sensation. At the heart of the XK120 was the fabulous XK engine; a 3.4-liter 'six' that boasted twin overhead ca....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: S681124

This Jaguar is finished in its original pastel green paint. This XK120 M was discovered in 2013 having been in single family car for over 58 years. The current owner acquired the car and began, in early 2014, an intensive refurbishment. This special ....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: S677295
Engine Num: 1776-9

This Special Equipment XK120 Drophead Coupe was completed at the Jaguar works in May of 1953 and was delivered new through Hoffman Motor Car Company in New York, New York, to its first owner. It left the factory finished in the classic British Racing....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Convertible

Chassis Num: 677111
Engine Num: W 8373-8
Gearbox Num: JL 15986

The first Jaguar XK120s arrived in the United States in August 1949, delivered to distributors Charles Hornburg in Los Angeles and Max Hoffman in New York. With a 3.4-liter DOHC engine and sensuous flowing lines, they were highly sought after. Betwee....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: 673870
Engine Num: W 8109-8

Jaguar produced 12,055 XK 120 roadsters, coupes, and drophead coupes from 1948 to 1954. This production total includes 7,374 steel-bodied roadsters. This particular example is finished in Olde English White over Burgundy and Biscuit leather. This car....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 669035
Engine Num: W8970-8
Gearbox Num: JL17370

Launched at the London Motor Show in 1948, the Jaguar XK120 was an immediate best seller for both road use and also for racing. In 1951 the original open models were joined by an even more beautiful fixed head coupe. ....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Convertible

The XK120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a test bed and show car for the new XK engine. It caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The '120' in its na....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

This XK120 originally arrived in Bogota, Columbia as a race car to increase Jaguar sales. My father, Victor Bessudo, was the distributor of all British cars along with his partner in the early 1950s. It was ordered in a special color of 'twilight blu....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: S 674059
Engine Num: W 8869-8S

The Jaguar XK 120, designed and constructed in just a few months, made its debut at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show. Upon its introduction it was among the world's fastest production car. Unfortunately, its slow-to-produce alloy bodywork would have t....[continue reading]

1953 Jaguar XK120 vehicle information

Hardtop Coupe

The XK120 was launched in open two-seater (roadster) form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a test bed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. The reveal caused such a sensation that Jaguar founder and Chairman William Lyons was easily persuaded to....[continue reading]

Sport Convertible
 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: 672536 
Hardtop Coupe
 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: S680992 
Sport Roadster
 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: S 673526 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: 674111 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: S681124 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: S677295 
Sport Convertible
Chassis #: 677111 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: 673870 
Hardtop Coupe
Chassis #: 669035 
Sport Convertible
 
Hardtop Coupe
 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: S 674059 
Hardtop Coupe
 


Concepts by Jaguar

Jaguar Monthly Sales Volume

December 2019
3,311
October 2019
2,350
September 2019
2,002
May 2019
2,021
March 2019
3,679
January 2019
3,078
Additional Sales Volume Data


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$1,260-$4,040
1953 XK120
$4,255-$12,680
1953 Jaguar XK120 Price Range: $4,040 - $4,255

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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Jaguar
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)4,607
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)3,685
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)3,685
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)3,573
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)3,349
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)3,349
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)3,349
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)1,702
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)912
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)158
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)

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