The Jaguar XK120 is a sports car manufactured by Jaguar between 1948 and 1954. It was Jaguars’ first sports car since the SS 100, which ceased production in 1940. The SS 100 was built by SS Cars Ltd., owned by Sir William Lyons. SS Cars Ltd. Changed its name to Jaguar.
This XK120 model features the 180 H.P. version of the twin cam six and fitted with Double SU carburetors. All models had removable spats (“fender skirts” in America) covering the rear wheel arches, which enhanced the streamlined look. This car retains those original spats covering solid wheels. On cars fitted with optional center-lock wire wheels (available from 1951), the Spats were omitted as they gave insufficient clearance for the chromed, two-eared knockoff hubs. The roadster’s lightweight canvas top and detachable side screens stowed out of sight behind the seats, and its barchetta-style doors had no external handles; instead there was an interior pull-cord which was accessible through a flap in the side screens when the weather equipment was in place.
Total production of the XK120 form 1948 to 1954 was 12,055. In 1953 an estimated 3,000 were sold in the United States and less than 1,000 are said to exist today.