Model: XK120 DHC
Origin: Coventry, England
Production: 1948-1954 | 1,755 (54’)
Engine: 3442cc DOHC Straight-6
The Jaguar XK120 was designed as a sports car manufactured by Jaguar from 1948 to 1954. This was Jaguars first sports car since 1940 when the SS 100 ceased production. The XK120 surely didn’t disappoint winning a number of races in many different countries. In 1954, the XK120 won the Mount Druitt 23 Hours Road Race, Australia’s first 24-hour motor race. In addition, coming in second and fourth place as well. And, in America won the NASCAR road race at the Linden Airport, NJ, the same year.
The “120” in the model number refers to the aluminum car’s 120 mph top speed, which made it the world’s fastest production car at the time of launch. In 1949, the first production roadster was delivered to Clark Gable.
Sales of the XK120 exploded, especially in the United States where drivers hadn’t seen a postwar sports car like it. With its impressive and successful track record, Jaguar ended up using the same engine until the late ‘80s. Many of the first models have been used in a variety of films including “It Should Happen to You,” “Kiss Me Deadly,” “Batman Forever,” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”