The sports car that re-defined Jaguar in the
early 1950s, with beautiful William Lyons design, inspired
by BMWs classic 328.
Originally intended as a handmade low
volume production model to demonstrate the then new in-line 6 cylinder
overhead camshaft XK engine, it became practically an overnight
success, surprising even Jaguar.
This was the fastest production sports car in 1949, with speeds
of over 120mph demonstrated to the press on the Jabeke highway in
Belgium, hence the 120 name.
Our 1954 XK120, whilst keeping the external appearance of a completely
standard car is professionally up-rated to approx. 1958 XK150 3.4S
mechanical specification. i.e. a mildly tuned engine with twin 2
in. H6 SU carbs, flowed wide angle, big valve cylinder head, lightened
and balanced with circa 250 hp provides ‘sufficient’
power. An XK120 close ratio gearbox, Dunlop/Jaguar disc brakes front
and rear, with a steering rack and telescopic rear shock absorbers
(as per 1954 XK140 model) help with the chassis dynamics, and an
up-rated cooling system, with an XK140 (bigger) radiator and remote
header tank, ensure that this 1954 car has absolutely no problem
mixing with modern traffic.
A truly exciting open top sports car, which all in all produces
an exhilarating drive, that is suitable for sporting classic driving
or historic regularity rallying.
E Type V12 FHC coming soon.....