1954 Jaguar XK120 "Special Order" SE 9:1 compression OTS
VIN: S676128 Body #: F8412 Engine: 9:1 Compression 3.4L 6 Cylinder Engine #: F3820-9s Transmission: Manual Transmission #: JL24154
The Jaguar XK120 is one of the greatest sports cars ever created and one of the most beautiful at that. Introduced at the Earls Court motor show in London in 1948, the XK120 caused an instant sensation. Orders rolling in at a very surprising rate, Jaguar had to think again about the XK120's method of construction. Originally created with a body framed in wood and skinned in aluminum as many of the coachbuilt cars were at the time, they decided to create an all new steel panel construction in conjunction with the Pressed Steel Fisher company. The heart of the XK120 is the fantastic 3.4 liter inline 6 cylinder XK engine with double overhead camshafts running in an aluminum alloy cylinder head, that when placed into the lightweight 120, the result being an incredible power to weight ratio that propelled the XK120 over 120MPH making it the fastest car on the road in the early 1950's.
Many of the most famous race drivers began their careers driving an XK120 such as Sterling Moss, John Fitch and Phil Hill. They were very popular and around 7000 roadsters were produced from 1948 to the end of production in 1954, but there were a select few special cars that stood above the rest. There were a total of 12,055 XK120's built in all body styles; roadsters, coupes and drophead coupes and almost all of them had engines with an 8 to 1 compression ratio. Out of all of these XK's Only 33 cars were special ordered with a higher compression ratio of 9 to 1 and more than half of those were right hand drive for the British market. The XK120 became one of the most popular cars of its time and one of the most beautiful and iconic sports cars of all time and to have one of the select few cars that were special ordered for racing makes it even more outstanding.