1953 Jaguar XK 120 – SOLD
In May 1949, Jaguar demonstrated an XK120 roadster to the press on the high-speed AutoRoute in Belgium. The road was closed for the occasion.
With hood and side screens erected, and the airflow under the car improved by the addition of a full-length aluminum under tray, the Jaguar was timed through the flying mile by the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium at 126.448 mph (203.498 km/h). With hood, side screens and windscreen removed, and a metal airflow deflector fitted in front of the driver, the speed improved to 136.596 mph (219.830 km/h).
The XK120 was significant not only because of its sporting elegance and its high standards of refinement and comfort, but also because it introduced into the history of the automobile one of the most successful engines ever. A design and engineering concept developed and still evident in the Jaguar production engine last fitted in a Series 3 XJ6 as late as 1986 and supplied in the last of the prestigious D420 Daimler Limousines in 1992.