Jaguar XK120 Roadster
The modern looks of the XK120 were matched by the engineering under its skin. A sturdy box-section chassis featured torsion bar independent front suspension, and the live rear axle rode on long semi-elliptic leaf springs. Brakes were Lockheed hydraulic drum units, with twin leading shoes and a generous 12-inch diameter.
Heart and soul of the new car was a 3,442 cc dual-overhead-cam six. It had begun life as a two-liter four-cylinder design. Engineer Harry Weslake had experimented with a number of advanced designs, of which a four-cylinder unit with hemispherical combustion chambers and large main bearings was the most promising. Lyons then directed him to add two more cylinders.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
160 bhp, 3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent torsion bar front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel