Jaguar XK120 1948-1954


May 19, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 30, 2015
Jaguar XK120 OTS Roadster (1948-1954)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
125-133
0-60 mph
10
1/4 mile
17.3
BHP
160 @5000rpm
Torque lbft
195 @2500rpm
BHP per ton
124
MPG UK/US
20/17
Engine capacity CC/CU
3442/210
Engine type
Straight 6 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
8.0:1
Valve Type/No
DOHC 12
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Drum/Drum
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
173
Width (in)
61.5
Height (in)
52.5
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2850
Additional Info: OTS stands for Open Two Seater (Roadster). The 120 stands for the top speed, but in a press test to prove that it could do this, it actually ran much faster. An engine compression ratio of 7.0:1 was also built for extra mileage. Built with aluminium bodies until 1950, then a switch to steel, although the boot, bonnet and doors were still made from aluminium. The XK120 was also available as a Fixed Head Coupe (XK120 FHC) from 1951-1954, performance was pretty much the same as the roadster. Also a cabriolet – Drop Head Coupe (XK120 DHC) was built in 1953-1954 with a foldable canvas top. In 1952 an XK120 M or SE (Special Equipment) model was built with a 180bhp engine, uprated suspension, exhaust and added wire wheels (rear wheel arch spats had to be removed).

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