THE IMPORTANT MODELS
XK120 OTS (ALLOY) 1948-50
Conceived as limited production model to showcase Jaguar’s new twin- cam engine. First cars coachbuilt with alloy panels over a steel and ash frame to save costs. Bulging order book soon puts paid to idea of just 200 cars.
XK120 OTS (STEEL) 1950-54
Using pressed steel for most of the body sped up production, but the cars were far from all steel – opening panels aluminium; floorpans wooden. Other differences include resited fuel tank and stronger boot floor crossmember.
XK120 FHC 1951-54
More than just a welded-on roof, coupé was redesigned from the front wings backwards and got wind-up windows and quarterlights in place of the OTS’S removable side screens. Floors were now steel with plywood heel area.
XK120 DHC 1953-54
A kind of interim model, the drophead retained the FHC’S integral A-pillars and windup windows in fixed frames but combined these with a neater and more weatherproof hood arrangement. December 1953 saw door skins changed from aluminium to steel.
XK120 C 1951-54
Better known as the C-type, 54 were built for racing. Won Le Mans, though several were also used as road cars. Engine tuned to 204bhp, mounted in aerodynamic alloy body over tube steel chassis. Torsion bar rear suspension; rack-and-pinion steering. Disc brakes in 1953.