For classic car lovers, the Jaguar XK120 is a classic sports car, which the Jaguar company produced from 1948 through 1954, and made only about 12,000 of the cars during the production period. The Jaguar XK120 also marks the first sports car that wasmade by the manufacturer, since the previous SS 100 model, which was last produced in 1940. The Jaguar XK120 also had a successor model car, which was the XK140 model. The first time the Jaguar XK120 was released was during the London Motor Show in 1948, which was showcasing the new Jaguar XK engine; the 120 which is in the car’s name, is in reference to the 120 MPH speeds it can attain, which at that period of time, and during the launch of the Jaguar XK120, was the fastest sports car to hit the auto industry.
The Jaguar XK120 comes in three model styles. It could be purchased either as a 2- seater roadster, a 2- seat coupe, or a 2- seat drop head coupe style, and featured an FR layout. It’s engine offered 3.4L XK. The Jaguar XK120 also had a deluxe model, which was known as the DHC, and it featuredwind-up windows, it also had wood-veneer dashboard, which was something rare for the time period. The roadster model, which was the original, was also placed to the test on the racing circuit, and proved to be a successful car for racing as well. It ran its first race in 1949 in the Silverstone Circuit in England, and took a first place victory. The roadster also raced during the 1951, 52, and 54 years as well, producing various records and wins, for the manufacturer and drivers.
Although no longer produced, the Jaguar XK120 still holds the mark as the first record setting roadster for the Jaguar manufacturer.