It was at the 1948 London Motor Show that Jaguar virtually threw the sports car world into turmoil with its stunning XK120. Here was a car with incredible style and looks, a powerful six cylinder engine installed in an outstanding chassis and a remarkably low price, a quarter that of a V12 Ferrari, but with similar performance.
At the heart of the William Lyons styled roadster was that all-new 3,442cc twin overhead camshaft XK engine, producing 160bhp via twin SU carburettors, sufficient for 126mph and 0-60mph in 10 seconds. The XK120 became a massive success, both on the road and the track, where it scored numerous victories.
The many drivers included Stirling Moss, Peter Walker, Peter Whitehead, Leslie Johnson and lan Appleyard. In XK120C/C-Type form it won Le Mans in both 1951 and ‘53, while its engine was to power three more Le Sarthe winners and a whole host of successful Jaguar models for the next fifty years.
Rolling off the production line on 6th October 1950, chassis 670814 has enjoyed a large amount of restoration work in the last few years – notably the engine has been rebuilt with new pistons, and a number of other items attended to.
Presented in Grey Metallic with a Blue leather interior, this is an very good example of one of Jaguar’s finest post-war efforts.
Sortie des lignes de production le 6 Octobre 1950 avec le numéro de chassis 670814, cette voiture a subi beaucoup de restaurations ces dernières années, principalement le moteur qui a été refait avec de nouveaux pistons et beaucoup d’autres choses remplacées. Présentée en gris métallisé avec un intérieur en cuir bleu c’est un très bon exemple d’une Jaguar d’après guerre.