Jaguar XK120 – The re­mark­able his­tory of JWK 651

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By Chas Parker & Philip Porter, £30, porter­press.co.uk, ISBN 978 1 907085 56 7 This is the life cy­cle story of ‘the car that did ev­ery­thing’. So far as Jaguar XK120S are con­cerned, the Alpine Rally-win­ning NUB 120 may be bet­ter-known, but JWK 651 was one of six works com­pe­ti­tion-pre­pared cars from the early run of alu­mini­um­bod­ied XK120S. It saw ac­tion in the Mille Miglia, Le Mans and the Dun­drod TT as well as the RAC Rally and speed record at­tempts at Montl­héry, all in its érst three years.

Well over two thirds of the book is given over to JWK 651’s short yet ex­ten­sive pe­riod com­pe­ti­tion and pro­mo­tional his­tory, but its years as a sec­ond­hand car and a re­stored his­toric clas­sic are more skimpy.

How­ever, as a way of bring­ing a hith­erto over­looked yet sig­nié­cant car to promi­nence, backed up by beau­ti­ful stu­dio pho­tog­ra­phy by John Colley, it’s an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to the Jaguar li­brary.

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