The Jaguar XK120 was a revelation when it was first shown in 1948, the “120” in the name refers to it’s top speed of 120 mph which was the fastest top speed of any production car in the world at the time.
Interestingly, the first 242 XK120s had hand-beaten aluminium bodies mounted on Ash wood frames, once production went into full swing the Jaguar factory switched over to pressed steel bodies with some select aluminium body parts. Those original few Ash framed cars are worth astonishing amounts of money in the modern day, though sadly it’s estimated that less than half of them have survived.
See more of the XK120 via Jaguar here.
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