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Jaguar XK120

Jaguar XK120

When launched in 1948, the XK120 was an incredibly fast machine. Its six-cylinder engine was very smooth and the power almost unending, but the car remained easy to drive, thanks to a large steering wheel and progressive handling. Its styling was also very modern, with the swoopy curves and aerodynamic shape inspired by the early 1940s BMW 328 Mille Miglia racer. The 120 used wishbone front suspension with torsion bar springs, while at the rear a live axle remained on leaf springs. It was effective enough, especially on the C-Type race car, which was based on the XK120. Inside it had Jaguar comfort with full Connolly leather seats and door trims, plus a well laid-out dash with large gauges. The twin-cam straight-six was an extremely robust unit which was used up until the 1960s in XJ sedans. In the 120 it had twin SU carbs and a torque-biased power delivery.

Jaguar XK120 Specifications

Top speed:121 mph (194 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):11.3 sec
Engine type:In-line six
Displacement:210 ci (3,442 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:180 bhp (134 kW) @ 5,300 rpm
Max torque:203 lb ft (275 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,039 lb (1,381 kg)
Economy:13.8 mpg (4.9 km/I)
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