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Jaguar XK120 (1948-1954) specifications

Originally just a concept to show off Jaguar's all-new engine, the XK120 went on to re-define the company


Quite simply, the XK120 was the sports car that elevated Jaguar 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 (£225,000-£300,000 for an excellent example), with SEs commanding a premium, and the later Drophead Coupés not far behind.

Production

  • Production:
    7612
  • Price at launch:
    £1,263
  • Price (excellent)
    £165,000
  • Price (good):
    £110,000
  • Price (average):
    £75,000
  • Price (project):
    £45,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    10.1secs
  • Top speed:
    120.0mph
  • Power:
    160.0bhp
  • Torque:
    195.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    19.8mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Beam axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-Engine RWD
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3988mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2591mm
  • Width:
    1638mm
  • Height:
    978mm
  • Weight:
    1295kgs

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