The sports car that re-defined Jaguar in the early 1950’s, with beautiful William Lyons design, inspired by BMW’s 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. XK120 competition began by winning the first production sports car race entered in 1949 at Silverstone. Prolific International Rally success was brought mostly by the celebrated Ian and Pat Appleyard in NUB 120 partnership.

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:

A Mildly tuned engine with twin 2 in. H6 SU carbs, flowed wide angle, big valve cylinder head, twin exhaust system, lightened and balanced, developing circa 250 bhp produces lively performance. An XK120 close ratio gearbox, a dual circuit braking system with Dunlop/Jaguar disc brakes front and rear, rack and pinion steering, telescopic rear shock absorbers (as per 1954 XK140 model) and uprated suspension improve the chassis dynamics, while an XK140 radiator (bigger) and remote header tank try to keep the originally under-specified cooling under control. No unnecessary accessories (e.g. heater), an aluminium boot lid and a louvred aluminium bonnet (ex Stirling Moss XK120), keep the weight down and, importantly, look the part.

The XK120 Open Top Sports can be supplied with either original equipment leather touring seats or optional leather covered period bucket seats, and either, the original equipment windscreen or period aero-screens.

All in all producing an exhilarating drive, that in competition build specification is suitable for historic regularity rallying or JEC XK production sports-car races – modified standard class (C - 2003).

Note: The XK 120 will be fitted with appropriate tyres and safety equipment for racing events.

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