Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a picnic at Tom Jaycox’ place in northwest Connecticut.  Tom is a restorer of Jaguar cars and there were some very special Jaguars on displayat his wonderful facility.  Most of the Jaguar cars that were on display were cars that Tom has or is working on.  One of the first Jaguars that caught my eye was the Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe shown below.

Jaguar XK 120 Coupe (1)

Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe

Jaguar introduced the XK120 in 1948 as a roadster only, but the XK120 Fixed Head Coupe was not introduced until 1951.

Jaguar XK 120 Coupe (2)

The Fixed Head Coupe Looks Great

The Jaguar XK120 came with 3,442cc inline dual-overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine that produced 160 horsepower.  The name XK120 came from the car’s reported top speed capability of 120 miles per hour.

Jaguar XK 120 Coupe (3)

The Fixed Head Coupe Was Less Expensive Than the Roadster

In 1951 the XK120 roadster sold for $4,039, while the XK120 Fixed Head Coupe sold for $3,850.

Jaguar XK 120 Coupe (4)

This Car Would Sound Sweet Through The Dual Exhaust

Over the years Jaguar made 12,078 XK120 models.  Of that total 7,631 were roadsters, 2,678 were fixed head coupes, and 1,769 were drop head coupes (convertibles).

Jaguar XK 120 Coupe (5)

The Central Dash Allows For Either Left or Right Handed Drive

All of the Jaguar XK120 cars are a rather tight fit for slightly larger people.  All of the Jaguar XK120 models had four-speed manual transmissions.

Jaguar XK 120 Coupe (6)

The Interior Of The XK120 Fixed Head Coupe Is Not Spacious

Tom Jaycox has done an excellent job of looking after these cars and he has a barn-full of project cars waiting for attention.  He also has a very special, historically significant, Jaguar that I will feature in the upcoming weeks.

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