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Jaguar XK 120 & 140

In The Beginning

Jaguar XKIn 1939 Mr. William Lyon's factory was converted to assist in the war effort and senior management took their place alongside the general work force in carrying out fire watching duties. There is little doubt that in the early stage of the conflict they were all kept extremely busy since Coventry was a prime target for the Luftwaffe. In the latter stages of the war these mandatory duties became less demanding giving rise to the odd game of cards or dominoes. Senior management, however, held brain-storming sessions planning the cars to be built in the future when hostilities had ended. Many proposals were aired by Messrs, Lyons, Haynes, Bailey and Hassan on the roofs of the Coventry factory, dreams were dreamt and sketches were made, perhaps some on the back of an odd empty cigarette packet.

At the end of World War II Britain was faced with rebuilding a peacetime industrial based economy. A slogan of 'Export or Die' was adopted by the government and this was the key to earning desperately needed foreign currency. The message was simple, those firms which did not send a significant amount of
their production abroad would not receive the scarce raw materials to continue their operations. Jaguar XKNowhere was
the pressure greater than on our motor car industry and no currency more important than the mighty dollar, the coinage of our car hungry allies in the USA.

At around the same time a new name appeared in the ranks of the British car industry when the SS Car Company changed its name to Jaguar Cars Ltd. Mr. Lyons knew that SS was hardly a desirable brand name for the future.

Gradually economies recovered, people in the West began to enjoy the return of peace and freedom, Jaguar’s cars reflected the prevailing mood of optimism and best of all, as G.I,’s returned home from duty, the American people were suddenly discovering European sports cars in a big way.

Several engine designs had been considered up on the roof tops of the Coventry factory in the dark days of war and those that proceeded beyond the ‘cigarette packet stage’ were each designated ‘X’ (for experimental).  Initial early design studies (XA, XB etc.) did not get very far but ‘XF’ was built (a double overhead camshaft, four cylinder unit of 1360cc).  ‘XG’ was a development of the Standard Motor Companies 1776cc unit but lacked sophistication and failed to provide sufficient power.  The ‘XJ’ engine was designed in four and six cylinder form with double overhead camshafts.  The four cylinder 2 litre ‘XJ’ engine did not progress far beyond the experimental stages although a unit was installed in an M.G. special in 1948 and powered the car to 176mph during testing in Belgium.  The six cylinder 3182cc ‘XJ’ engine failed to produce enough torque to impress Lyons but by increasing the stroke this problem was overcome and the 3442cc twin overhead camshaft ‘XK’ engine was born.  This engine became probably one of Jaguar’s greatest assets and in various forms stayed in production for 40 years.

The ‘XK’ six cylinder engine was first seen in public in October 1948 at the Earls Court Motor Show.  Jaguar displayed a stunning two-seater sports car which stole the show and was powered by the new 3.4ltr engine.  The car used a shortened version of a saloon car chassis with deep box section rails, considerable cross bracing and independent front suspension.  The show car was only meant for limited production and used an alloy body over a wooden Ash frame.  The engine produced an amazing 160 bhp and the car was named the XK120 being an indication of the claimed top speed and making it the fastest production car of its day.  There were naturally doubters and in 1949 Jaguar took a production car to Belgium and in front of invited press recorded a speed of 126 mph with the car in full road trim and using ‘pump’ petrol.  Even higher speeds were recorded without the windscreen and with a smooth chassis undertray.

Thus one of the most beautiful Motor Cars of all time was born.

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Fully Assembled Factory Built Cars

The ‘Classic 120 & 140’ replicas of the renowned Jaguar XK 120 OTS (open two seater) of the late Nineteen-Forties and early Fifties. Every car is handcrafted to the highest standard by skilled & enthusiastic technicians. As you would expect all major components are supplied by Jaguar, either new or fully overhauled. Here at Nostalgia Cars we believe in building a life long relationship with each of our cars & every owner. Each owner is encouraged to take an active part in arriving at the final specification of their bespoke motorcar. Alternatively you may wish to choose only final trim & paint colours and leave the rest to us.

The Classic is also available in XK140 OTS standard format with a redesigned boot lid and closing panel which gives adequate provision for the full width bumpers and overiders The Classic 140 incorporates a bonnet chromium finisher, revised radiator grille and badge assembly.

These replica Jaguar XK120 &140 cars have seat belt anchorage points tested to 2 metric tons, surprising chassis rigidity, 50/50 weight distribution, fully adjustable suspension and geometry, a superb power to weight ratio and genuine current UK SVA certification.

Each chassis is supplied with a corrosion warranty (subject to annual inspection). Factory paint finish is warranted for 3 years, whilst the exhaust system carries a non-competition 25 year warranty. In addition, for our self assembly customers, Nostalgia Cars proudly provides a 'partnership agreement' which guarantees our help, support and advice at every stage of the assembly process. Naturally these warranties do not effect our customers statutory rights but it is our desire to ensure that every car, will provide the satisfaction and pride that should be associated with owning and driving a Nostalgia replica.

The Design Specification

The chassis is jig manufactured from best quality mild steel in our own workshops using MIG and gas welding techniques. Main members are 100mm x 50mm with a minimum wall thickness of 3mm. A full width steel bulkhead forms an integral part of the overall structure which is supplied with all main brackets fitted, thus ensuring positive and accurate positioning of all body parts. Each individual boxed member is injected with wax corrosion inhibitor. Open ends of box sections are closed using ribbed polythene removable caps. High Density gloss black enamel is spray applied over a tough epoxy primer base to provide a quality, durable exterior finish to both the chassis and the bulkhead.

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All body panels are hand laid using the continuous moulding method by expert laminators. The high quality panels are produced from emulsion bound 5oz chop strand mat which is reinforced at mounting and load points and further enhanced by the use of fire retardant resin in the bonnet assembly. Doors, boot lid and bonnet are double skinned, the doors also incorporate steel reinforcement which provides hinge stiffness and side impact protection. Relevant edges are finished to conform with current regulations. All panels are supplied finished in a 'primer' grey gel, prior to final preparation and painting.

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Classic 120/140 General Specification

Jaguar XK Traditional Engine
Jaguar XK 3.6 Litre Engine
Jaguar XK Supercharged Engine

Engine: Any Jaguar XK or AJ6 six-cylinder twin cam power unit.

Transmission: Four speed manual/overdrive. Five speed manual or  Automatic

Steering: Manual rack & pinion with impact folding ‘Z’ column and collapsible upper column.

Suspension: Front independent, compliant, double wishbone with fully adjustable coil springs over adjustable shock absorbers. Rear, independent single radius arms with  fully adjustable coil spring platforms over adjustable shock absorbers.

Brakes: Jaguar XJ6 servo assisted dual circuit disc braking front and rear.

Chassis: 100mm x 50mm boxed steel ladder frame.

Body: Unstressed glass resin fibre with steel side impact reinforcement.

Length: 173.0in 

Width: 62.0in 

Wheel Base:102.0in 


Kerbside Weight: 1286kg