The XK120 is a historically important and pivotal model for Jaguar as well as postwar Britain. It is quite simply one of the most strikingly beautiful bodies ever designed. Only 2,679 Fixed Head Coupes were produced out of 12,078 units manufactured during the XK120’s production run from 1949 to 1954. Powered by a 3.4-liter, inline six-cylinder with 160 horsepower, the XK120 was the first high-volume twin-cam engine and boasted a promised speed of 120 mph, as its name intentionally reflects.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
3,442 cc, double overhead camshaft, inline six-cylinder engine, twin SU carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with rigid rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"
Source: RM Auctions
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