About the 1953 Jaguar XK120

The Jaguar XK120 debuted at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show where the impressive roadster created an experience with the resulting need, wherefore was after that the world’s fastest production automobile, taking Jaguar by surprise. The sophisticated shape was the work of Jaguar manager William Lyons himself, most likely based on a few easy lines drawn on a breakfast paper napkin as were so many of his layout concepts, and also brought to life by the talented team in Jaguar’s Illustration Office much of whom had actually only recently been designing nose cones and also wing forms for WWII fighter aircraft. Jaguar anticipated to offer no greater than 200 Jaguar XK120s in the first year, a volume that wouldn’t warrant producing tooling for presses, so coachbuilt aluminium was the construction of choice. With protruding order books it quickly became clear that the labour-intensive alloy bodywork would have to go, as well as the vehicle was promptly re-engineered in steel. In an issue of weeks, in conjunction with journalism Steel Fisher Firm, a new all-steel panelled body was developed, which retained the wonderful appearances of the coachbuilt original whilst varying in small exterior details. The auto’s heart was, naturally, the amazing XK engine, a 3.4-litre ‘6’ embodying the best of modern layout, boasting twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminium-alloy cyndrical tube head, seven primary bearings, as well as an optimal output of 160bhp. The Jaguar XK120 set new standard of livings, roadholding and efficiency for a British cars as well as, in keeping with the Jaguar practice, there was nothing to touch it at the rate. When Jaguar had actually caught up with XK120 Roadster need as well as production of steel-bodied instances was running efficiently, it established a Coup√© to widen the version’s charm. Besides the addition of a roof, the greatest difference between this and the Roadster is making use of a, mainly steel, floorpan instead of plywood.