THE IM­POR­TANT MOD­ELS

Classic Cars (UK) - - Jaguar XK120 -

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.

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