Jaguar 1953

Mark VII
XK 120
C-type – end of prod.


"Zobacz i wypróbuj modele Jaguara XK-120
i dystyngowane sedany Mark VII."

Jaguar XK 120 Drophead Coupé differ from the Sports two-seater mainly in having more fittings, wind-up windows and a fully-folding and properly trimmed top. It is some 2¼ cwt heavier. In production from March 1953.

 

Mark VII

Mk VII (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc, 160 bhp; wb: 10' 0'')
 Saloon

 

XK 120

XK 120 (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc, 160 bhp; wb: 8' 6'')
 Roadster
 Fixed Head Coupé
 Drophead Coupé - new model

The Motor YEAR BOOK, 1954    BRITISH CARS OF 1953     JAGUAR XK 120 CONVERTIBLE

The highly popular Jaguar XK 120 open two-seater sports-car was introduced at the Earl's Court Show of 1949 and in March, 1951, it commenced to be produced as a fixed head Coupé. There remained, however, a number of possible buyers who wished to make the best of both worlds and to meet their needs a drophead Coupé version of the car made its official debut at the New York Motor Show in April, 1953.
Special care has been taken to design a head which is free from angularity and also provides good headroom (35 in.), whilst ease of operation and neatness when furled are further notable points. Fixing is by means of three toggle catches to the top of the deep V-screen and, when these have been released, it is a simple one-man action (aided by spring-loaded cant rails) to swing the head back, the material falling naturally into suitable folds which call for no special arrangement before the neat envelope can be slipped in place; the envelope is secured by press studs on the interior side and invisible fastenings on the outside, these latter hooking under a chromium-plated beading which surrounds the back and sides of the head.
Mohair is used for the exterior of the head and this is lined and padded, whilst a further interior lining (making, in effect, a three-ply construction) is used in addition. The result is a particularly smooth exterior and a saloon-like interior. The rear window (measuring 25 in. by 4¼ in.) is carried in a zip-secured panel which may be opened in hot weather to give an aperture of approximately 30 in. by 9 in.
Drop windows of safety glass are used and these have plated metal frames and are arranged to wind down diagonally into the doors so that, in part-lowered positions, their leading edges remain in contact with the sloping fixed frames carrying the small hinged panels which act as draught deflectors when the car is open or as ventilators when it is closed. The screen pillars, although stiffened for open coachwork, are still quite slim.

 

XK 120 C "C-type" (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc)

Victories:

3rd 12h Sebring #74 XK 120 C Johnston / Wilder
1st 24h Le Mans #18 XK 120 C Rolt / Hamilton
2nd 24h Le Mans #17 XK 120 C Moss / Walker
2nd 24h Spa #19 XK 120 C Gale / Douglas
3rd 24h Spa #18 XK 120 C Roosdrop / Ulmen
2nd 1000km Nürburgring #53 XK 120 C Stewart / Salvadori
 
2nd RMC Mk VIII Appleyard/Appleyard
1st Akropolis Rally XK 120 Papamichael
1st R.A.C. Rally XK 120 Appleyard

World Sportscar Championship entries:

Sebring 12 Hours 08.03.1953 Results:
# chassis# Entrant: gen. class
15 XK 120 C XKC034 Huntoon / Stiles Shepperd 26th S 5.0 7th
16 XK 120 Carroll / Pearsall Geo. E. Tilp 29th S 5.0
18 XK 120 Hansgen/McKnought Hansgen 12th S5.0 5th
19 XK 120 Christianson / Conley Conley acc. S5.0 -
22 XK 120 C Argetsinger Argetsinger dns S5.0 -
23 XK 120 Schott / van Driel Schott 34th S5.0
28 XK 120 M Boss / Kaplan Kaplan 10th S5.0 4th
29 XK 120 Dagavar / Garz Dagavar 17th S5.0 6th
38 XK 120 Wallace / Sarle Jack Pry 7th S5.0 3rd
43 XK120 M Haber Haber dns S5.0 -
74 XK 120 C XKC010 Johnston / Wilder Feverbacher 3rd S5.0 1st
75 XK 120 Collier / Argetsinger Argetsinger dns S5.0 -
311 XK 120 C XKC030 Gegen / Grey Hirsch 4th S5.0 2nd
 
   Mille Miglia 26.04.1953 Results:
 # chassis# Entrant: gen. class
406 Mk VII Mondadori/Fedrigoni 200th T+2.0 2nd
408 Mk VII Reggiani / Reggiani dnf T+2.0 -
542 C-type XKC011 Moss / Morris-Goodall Jaguar ret. S+2.0 -
549 XK 120 Bina / Ramello dnf S+2.0 -
555 C-type XKC008 Johnson / MacKenzie Johnson ret. S+2.0 -
601 C-type XKC016 Descollanges / Ugnon Descollanges acc. S+2.0 -
614 XK 120 Giannotti / Gerardi dnf S+2.0 -
623 C-type XKC035 Heaurtaux / Heaurtaux J.Heurtaux 35th S+2.0 12th
624 XK 120 Fraikin / Gendebien dnf S+2.0 -
629 C-type XKC045 Tadini / Cagnana M.Tadini dnf S+2.0 -
638 C-type XKC005 Rolt / Hayden Cannell/Jaguar ret. S+2.0 -
  24h Le Mans 13.06.1953 Results: Perf.
index
# chassis# Entrant: gen. class
17 XK 120 C XKC053 Moss / Walker Jaguar 2nd 3.0-5.0 2nd 5th
18 XK 120 C XKC051 Rolt / Hamilton Jaguar 1st 3.0-5.0 1st 3rd
19 XK 120 C XKC052 Whitehead/Stewart Jaguar 4th 3.0-5.0 3rd 7th
20 XK 120 C XKC047 Laurent/de Tornaco Francorchamps 9th 3.0-5.0 6th 15th
 
24h Spa 25-26.07.1953 Results:
# Entrant: gen. group
17 C-type Laurent / Swaters Francorchamps ret. S -
18 C-type Roosdorp / Ulmen Roosdorp 3rd S 3rd
19 C-type Scott Douglas / Gale Ecosse 2nd S 2nd
 
1000km Nürgurgring 30.08.1953 Results:
# chassis# Entrant: gen. class
51 C-type XKC019 Ulmen / Roosdorp Roosdorp acc. PS -
52 C-type XKC046 Scott Douglas / Sanderson Ecosse dns PS+2.0 -
52T XK 120 Scott Douglas / Sanderson Ecosse 10th PS+2.0 4th
53 C-type XKC041 Stewart / Salvadori Ecosse 2nd PS+2.0 1st
54 C-type XKC042 Stewart / Lawrence Ecosse 6th PS+2.0 2nd
55 C-type XKC047 Gendebien / Laurent Francorchamps ret. PS -
56 C-type Olislaegers / de Keerle Olislaegers 20th PS+2.0 5th
- C-type Moss / Collins Jaguar dns PS -
 
Tourist Trophy 05.09.1953 Entrant: Results:
# chassis# gen. class
6 C-type XKC051 Rolt / Hamilton Jaguar ret. S5.0 -
7 C-type XKC053 Moss / Walker Jaguar 4th S5.0 1st
8 C-type XKC012 Whitehead / Stewart Jaguar ret. S5.0 -
12 C-type XKC050 Kelly / Fairman J.Kelly 8th S5.0
14 C-type XKC037 Manussis / Dunham Ecurie Kenya acc. S5.0 -
9 C-type Scott Douglas / Sanderson Ecosse dna S5.0 -
10 C-type Stewart / Lawrence Ecosse dna S5.0 -
11 C-type -/- Ecosse dna S5.0 -
15 C-type Swift / Heath J.Swift dna S5.0 -
16 C-type Johnson / Hadley T.Wisdom dna S5.0 -
 
   Carrera Panamericana 23.11.1953 Entrant: Results:
# gen. class
14 C-type Martinez Martinez dna S+1.6 -
18 C-type Ibarra Ibarra dnf S+1.6 -
25 XK 120 Girón / Beaudin Giron 25th S+1.6 9th

Other entries:

  Targa Florio 14.05.1953 Results:
#78 C-Type Wisdom 17th -


"Jaguar zwycięża w Le Mans!"


24h Le Mans winner: C-Type (Tony Rolt / Duncan Hamilton).


Le Mans.


Le Mans.


Jaguar Mark VII na trasie tegorocznego Rajdu Monte Carlo.