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 with similar performance. The combination was unbeatable and without doubt the XK120 was an absolute milestone for both Jaguar and the motor industry as a whole. XK120 orders flooded in, ironic as it was designed as an interim model to publicise the XK engine for the new Mk VII saloon – Jaguar had only planned to produce around 200!
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 10.0 seconds.
The XK120 became a massive success – both on the road and the track where it scored numerous victories, the many drivers including Stirling Moss, Peter Walker, Peter Whitehead, Leslie Johnson and Ian Appleyard; indeed, in XK120C/C-Type form it won Le Mans in both 1951 and ‘53, while its engine was to power three more Sarthe winners and a whole host of Jaguars right up to the present day.
The car offered today is a beautiful XK 120 Roadster. Finished in a dark green with light brown leather interior, it also comes with a black hood. The car also comes with a C Type cylinder head and has the 3442 engine installed. This car comes with its Italian registration and the ASI Gold plate certification.
La voiture présentée aujourd’hui est un beau XK 120 Roadster. Vert sombre avec un intérieur en cuir marron clair, elle a une capote noire. Elle possède une culasse de Type C et a un moteur 3442cc. Elle est immatriculée en Italie et a un certificat de plaque ASI Gold.