The Jaguar XK120 was an immediate success in competition. Three were entered in the Silverstone Production Car Race in June 1949, Britain’s first big motor race since the War. Leslie Johnson and Peter Walker destroyed the opposition with Johnson taking a resounding victory. XK120s went on to win races across the world. In America, Phil Hill, a future Formula 1 World Champion, bored one out to 3.8 litres and won race after race. In Britain, Stirling Moss helped cement his reputation in a semi-works XK120, winning the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod in atrocious conditions and leaving the field standing in the 1951 Production Car Race at Silverstone.
210 bhp, 3,442 cc double overhead camshaft inline six-cylinder engine with two SU carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower wishbones, torsion bars and hydraulic dampers, live rear axle with trailing arms, ‘double-action’ torsion bar and torque reaction member and hydraulic dampers, four-wheel Lockhead hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96″
Source: RM Auctions
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