Classic Car Catalogue

Jaguar 1953

Mark VII
XK 120
C-type – discontinued

Great Britain

"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'')


XK 120

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


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)

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 fail. S+2.0 -  
549 XK 120   Bina / Ramello   dnf S+2.0 -  
555 C-type XKC008 Johnson / MacKenzie Johnson fail. 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 fail. S+2.0 -  
  24h Le Mans 13.06.1953   Results: Perf.
#   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 fail. 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 fail. 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 fail. S5.0 -  
7 C-type XKC053 Moss / Walker Jaguar 4th S5.0 1st  
8 C-type XKC012 Whitehead / Stewart Jaguar fail. 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.