Originally just a concept to show off Jaguar's all-new engine, the XK120 went on to re-define the company
Quite simply, the Jaguar XK120 was the sports car that elevated the company into the big time. Introduced at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, it featured an all-new twin-overhead camshaft straight six that lived well into the 1980s. And it was fast: the 120mph maximum speed was the reason for its name. Yet the XK120’s real forté was its sheer all-round driving pleasure for such a low price. The earliest aluminium roadsters are easily the most valuable (£450,000-£300,000 for an excellent example), with SEs commanding a premium, and the later Drophead Coupés not far behind.