October 27, 1948 Jaguar XK120 was released – roadster, which affects by the appearance and characteristics.
XK120 was the first post-war car Jaguar with the engine of its own design. Work on it was began during the war.
Contrary to the expectation the audience enthusiastically greeted the car. There were not simply enough cars to ensure all comers: the body was made of aluminum panels and assembled by hand. Only 240 XK120 were produced until 1949. Full automation of the production took place in 1950.
X120 was the fastest production car in the world: the version that was available for purchase, can reach speeds of up to 200 km / h. Acceleration to “hundreds” in this case is 10 seconds.
Initially only roadsters were produced, but since 1951 the compartment entered the market, and since 1953 – a convertible.
More than 80% of Jaguar XK120 were exported, and most of them – in the United States. The car was produced until 1954, and during this short period of time a little more than 12 thousand cars were made. The engine is produced in the 38 years since its inception.