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1949 Jaguar

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1949 Jaguar
Jaguar XK120
1949 Jaguar

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Signage: The SK120 debuted at the 1948 London Auto Show at Earl's Court. With its full width streamlined body and exotic mechanicals, the XK simply reset expectations for sports car enthusiasts of the time. Sir William Lyons had sent notice that Jaguar was a force to be reckoned with, and they were, for years to come. The XK engine is a dual overhead cam 3.4 liter, straight six, with an alloy cylinder head and twin SU carburetors. It develops 160 horsepower and helped the XK120 reach an advertised velocity of 120MPH. It was among the most powerful sports cars of the day and sold for a very reasonable $3,000. Prompting the question of, "How could Jaguar offer so much for so little?" The 3.4 liter engine was a success. It went on to power future models including the XK140, XK150 and the venerable E Type. It won races, such as LeMans, and powered countless club racers to career building victories.

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